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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Co-National Campaign Coordinator, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of (a) specialist cancer nurses, (b) chemotherapy nurses, (c) palliative care nurses, (d) cancer support workers and (e) other diagnostic staff in the NHS.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Health Education England (HEE) published its first ever Cancer Workforce Plan in December 2017, which commits to the expansion of capacity and skills, including 200 clinical endoscopists and 300 reporting radiographers by 2021 and increasing the expansion of clinical nurse specialists so that every patient has access to a clinical nurse specialist or other support worker by 2021 by developing national competencies and a clear route into training. The 200 clinical endoscopists are in addition to the 200 by the end of 2018.

Phase 2 of the Cancer Workforce Plan is being developed by HEE for consultation over summer 2018 and will take a longer-term view with a horizon of around 15 years.

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