Premature Mortality

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 26 February 2013.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health 11:30, 26 February 2013

I congratulate my hon. Friend on his campaigning. No sooner do we agree to the inclusion of one indicator in relation to early cancer diagnosis than he finds another that should also be included.

I will certainly consider the issue that my hon. Friend has raised, but I think that there is a broader question about the role of GPs. They should see themselves as being in the front line when it comes to early diagnosis of not just people who walk through the doors of their surgeries, but people in their communities who are at high risk. That is a much more fundamental change that we need to think about.