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Health written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer centres were treating patients with intensity-modulated radiation therapy at the level of 24 per cent on 1 April 2013.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The £23 million Radiotherapy Innovation Fund was designed to support radiotherapy centres to prepare to deliver 24% of radical (curative) treatments using intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) from 1 April 2013.

On 1 April 2013 all centres were delivering some level of IMRT. 15 of 50 centres were delivering at least 24% of radical treatment using IMRT at the start of April, and by the end of the month this figure had risen to 26 centres.

NHS England is working with providers to ensure that radiotherapy centres can deliver 24% of treatment with IMRT as quickly as possible. It is currently anticipated that that all centres will have to the capacity to deliver this by the end of December 2013.

In the meantime, the new national commissioning arrangements for radiotherapy services that began on 1 April ensure that patients are now considered for the most appropriate radiotherapy treatment regardless of where they live, guaranteeing access to innovative radiotherapy, such as IMRT, where clinically appropriate, safe and cost effective.

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