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To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has plans to support the development of holistic needs assessments and care planning for cancer patients to take account of individual needs related to (a) age, (b) gender, (c) ethnicity, (d) educational attainment, (e) disability, (f) sexual orientation and (g) socio-economic group; and if he will make a statement.
All people with long-term conditions, including those with cancer should have their needs assessed and be offered personalised care planning. This should be tailored to their specific needs and circumstance, taking account of age, gender, ethnic and cultural background, educational attainment, disability, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and mental health. The Government are committed to a patient-led national health service, strengthening the patient’s choice and management of their own care. Proactive, preventive and personalised care planning with a focus on shared decision making fully supports these aims and will continue to be supported.