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Call for readers to sign heart petition

PUBLISHED: 13:42 05 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:58 06 July 2010

I HAVE just signed the British Heart Foundation's petition demanding a clear plan for tackling heart and circulatory conditions in England over the next 10 years, and I would like to encourage readers to do the same.

I HAVE just signed the British Heart Foundation's petition demanding a clear plan for tackling heart and circulatory conditions in England over the next 10 years, and I would like to encourage readers to do the same.

The current plan to improve care and treatment has significantly helped reduce the number of deaths from heart disease, but it was designed as a 10-year work programme - and it is almost at the end of its shelf-life.

Heart and circulatory disease is the UK's biggest killer, claiming the lives of around 200,000 people each year in the UK. There are over two million heart patients living in England alone, and with no published plan to replace it there's a danger that the opportunity to build on the good work done so far will be lost.

Heart patients deserve better. Please support this campaign and sign the BHF petition at www.newheartplan.org.uk

SAMANTHA HOY

Stratton Road

Norwich


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