Breast Cancer: Nurses

Department of Health written question – answered on 30th June 2016.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients with a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer have a named clinical nurse specialist as part of their care in (a) England and (b) Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency.

Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to ensure that people diagnosed with secondary breast cancer have access to a clinical nurse specialist as part of their care.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The number of patients with a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer who have a named clinical nurse specialist as part of their care, is not collected.

The independent Cancer Taskforce’s report, Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes: A strategy for England 2015-2020, published in July 2015, called for every person with cancer to have access to a clinical nurse specialist or other key worker from diagnosis onwards. In May 2016, the National Cancer Transformation Programme published an implementation plan, Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes: Taking the strategy forward, which says that over the next year, NHS England will work with partners across the health system to agree the best way to deliver this.

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