Cancer Services

Health written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of John Baron John Baron Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on patient care of proposals of the Kingston Hospital NHS Trust to switch secondary and tertiary cancers services from the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust to the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

This is a matter for the local national health service.

It is our policy that the local NHS decide the priorities for the NHS locally, including decisions on the location of services. This is where the specific local knowledge and expertise lies and it is not appropriate for the Department to intervene.

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