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Skin Cancer

Health written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Siân James Siân James Labour, Swansea East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what the average length of stay was for patients admitted with a diagnosis of skin cancer for (a) elective admissions and (b) emergency admissions in each (i) primary care trust, (ii) cancer network and (iii) strategic health authority in the last year for which figures are available;

(2) how many non-urgent referrals resulting in a diagnosis of skin cancer were made in each primary care trust in the last year for which figures are available;

(3) how many non-urgent referrals were made for dermatology in each primary care trust in the last year for which figures are available;

(4) how many two week referrals were made for patients with a diagnosis of skin cancer in each primary care trust in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

Information concerning the average length of stay for patients admitted with a diagnosis of skin cancer for elective admissions and emergency admissions in each primary care trust (PCT) and strategic health authority in 2009-10, the latest year for which figures are available, has been placed in the Library. This information is not collected at cancer network level.

Information concerning the number of non-urgent referrals that were made for dermatology in each PCT in 2009-10, the latest year for which figures are available, has been placed in the Library.

Information concerning the number of non-urgent referrals resulting in a diagnosis of skin cancer in each PCT is not available in the format requested. For the most recent period for which statistics are available (quarter 4 2010-11) 61,197 persons received first definitive treatment for cancer. Of these, 25,834, or 42.2% were urgently referred for suspected cancer by their general practitioner (GP).

Information concerning the number of two-week referrals made for patients with a diagnosis of skin cancer in each PCT in the last year for which figures are available is not available in the format requested. Statistics on the numbers of urgent GP referrals for suspected cancer by PCT are not published at a cancer specific level. The most recently published commissioner based statistics for the all cancer two week wait cover the period April 2009 to March 2010 and have been placed in the Library.

Statistics on urgent GP referrals for suspected cancer are more regularly published on a provider basis. For the most recent period for which these statistics are available (quarter 4 2010-11) 38,723 persons were urgently referred for suspected skin cancer by their GP and 96% of these patients were seen by a specialist within 14 days.

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