Cancer: Health Services

Department of Health written question – answered on 21st December 2017.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that the increases in the number of staff recruited as a result of the Government’s cancer plan are in line with local implementation plans so as to guarantee equality of provision across the country.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

On 5 December 2017 Health Education England (HEE) published its Cancer Workforce Plan. The plan outlined how HEE working with other arm’s length bodies will lead the workforce planning process for cancer at a national and local level.

Workforce plans are to be submitted as part of, and aligned to Operational and Sustainability Transformation Plans (STPs) by March 2018 (unless otherwise agreed). STPs bring National Health Service providers, commissioners, local authorities, and other health and care services together to propose how they, at local level, can improve the way that health and care is planned and delivered in a more person-centred and coordinated way.

To support this process, HEE will share regional data and host a national peer-learning event in January 2018 between Cancer Alliances and local HEE teams.

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