HC Deb 30 January 2002 vol 379 c433W
Jim Knight

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being taken by his Department to offer cardiac screening for the condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy to children about to take part in competitive sport. [29321]

Yvette Cooper

[holding answer 22 January 2002]: The United Kingdom National Screening Committee (NSC) advises Ministers, the devolved National Assemblies and the Scottish Parliament on all aspects of screening policy. The NSC does not currently recommend screening for cardiomyopathy but is keeping its position under review.

Current policy is that the relatives of a family with a known high risk of contracting this disease should receive regular cardiovascular examinations.

The Department is working closely with the medical profession and voluntary organisations with a view to producing clear clinical guidance, which will play a very important part in raising awareness and improving diagnosis and testing of people at risk.