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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many chest x-rays were requested by GPs for the purposes of diagnosis of suspected lung cancer (a) in each primary care trust and (b) in England in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what proportion of such x-rays confirmed the diagnosis.
The information requested is not centrally held. Currently the Department collects only annual data on the total numbers of x-rays undertaken, broken down by provider. As set out in “Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer”, the Department is currently working to develop a new data collection which will include the collection of data on the number of chest x-rays requested by general practitioners.