Health written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Gordon Henderson Gordon Henderson Conservative, Sittingbourne and Sheppey

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage clinical commissioning groups to reduce unnecessary emergency readmissions of cancer patients within 28 days of discharge.

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

NHS Improvement has been leading a Transforming In-patient Care programme for cancer patients to promote enhanced recovery programmes for elective surgery, the reduction of avoidable emergency admissions, and reducing lengths of stay for those who do need to be admitted as emergencies.

To support improvement across the service, lessons learned from the Transforming In-patient Care Programme will be disseminated to providers and commissioners. Clinical commissioning groups will be under a statutory duty to obtain advice to ensure they are commissioning services to meet the needs of patients and protect their health, and this programme, together with the advice of clinical senates and networks will be a valuable source of expertise.

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