Questions asked at UK Parliament

BSH Chair, Professor Andrew Clark, met Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, the front bench spokesman on health in the House of Lords for the Labour Party, to discuss ideas about what the BSH might do for European Heart Failure Awareness Day in 2014. Following the meeting, Lord Hunt agreed to help and took a copy of the National Heart Failure Audit, promising to raise appropriate questions with his Chief Executive about the performance of his NHS Trust and to ask questions in Parliament. Lord Hunt also advised that he would be prepared to stage a half-hour debate in the Lords.

Questions asked by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath in sessions at the UK Parliament

  • To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure an improvement in heart failure services above the standard reported in the National Heart Failure Audit 2012–13.
  • To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction are treated in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence clinical guidelines.
  • To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adoption by the National Health Service of the Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy.

The questions were answered by Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health:

  • Responsibility for determining the overall national approach to improving clinical outcomes from healthcare services lies with NHS England. NHS England hosts a number of strategic clinical networks which cover cardiovascular disease and which are intended to support the development and dissemination of good clinical practice.
  • It is for individual clinical commissioning groups to commission treatment and services for patients with heart failure, as they are best placed to identify what is needed in their local areas, taking into account relevant guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
  • NHS England advises that it has established a Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy implementation group and that it is working with a variety of partners and stakeholders to deliver the strategy.