The Department of Health has published a report providing an update on the progress being made since the publication of the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease (NSF for CHD) in 2000.
The update gives details of the investment and progress being made in order to reach the government target of a 40% reduction in the number of premature deaths from CHD by 2010. Since 1996, the number premature deaths decreased by 35.9%.
In addition to this the report also demonstrates reductions in adult smoking prevalence and waiting times for heart surgery. In addition there have been increases in the number of consultant cardiologists and heart surgeons, the number of children receiving free fruit at school, patients receiving thrombolysis within 30 minutes and statin use.
Action: Significant progress has been made in the six years since the publication of the NSF. Continued efforts in the implementation of national policy are likely to produce further improvements.