Health: Skin Cancer — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:23 am on 22nd July 2015.

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Photo of Lord Clark of Windermere Lord Clark of Windermere Labour 11:23 am, 22nd July 2015

My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer, which shows an alarming increase in skin cancer. I understand that NICE is in the process of issuing new guidelines in this respect, due out this month. Will the Minister advise the House whether these guidelines are mandatory because they are so central to the Government’s campaign in fighting skin cancer, or are they merely “guidelines” and need not be followed? Secondly, is the Minister aware that there is concern among consultant dermatologists in hospitals that the clinical commissioning process may not be sufficiently robust to deal with this increased spate of skin cancers?