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6 March 2000

MORE MONEY NEEDED TO TACKLE THE PRIMARY CAUSES
OF HEART DISEASE, SAYS CPHVA

The Government should "ring fence" more resources for primary prevention care as part of its new crusade on heart disease, the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association said today (Monday, 6 March).

While welcoming the appointment of a " Heart Czar" in a bid to slash coronary heart disease by 40%, the CPHVA would like more money spent on getting to the "root causes" of heart disease.

The CPHVA's Director, Jackie Carnell said: "We welcome the Government's initiative, but we feel that more emphasis should be directed towards primary prevention, such as advising on diet and helping people manage and cope with stress."

"The thrust of the Government's announcement is aimed at the secondary stage when patients are already exhibiting the symptoms of heart disease. Health professionals should be given more resources at the primary care and prevention stage as part of the Government overall strategy."

"However, health visitors and practice and district nurses are more than willing to play their part in making the new National Service Framework a success."

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The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union. The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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