Cancer: Medical Treatments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to reduce the time taken for GP referrals of patients for cancer treatment.

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

General practitioners are highly skilled healthcare professionals, with the knowledge, training and expertise to treat patients and their presenting conditions. They are required to follow the latest best practice guidance issued by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, as well as making appropriate and timely referrals for diagnostics and/or secondary and tertiary care.

Improving early diagnosis of cancer is a priority for NHS England. Cancer Alliances have been established across the country to act as leaders across their locality to drive transformation and have clear oversight over the whole patient pathway. In December 2016, NHS England announced that £200 million would be made available to Cancer Alliances over two years (2017/18 and 2018/19) to support transformation in early diagnosis and support for people living with a cancer diagnosis.

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