Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th November 2018.

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Photo of Lord Freyberg Lord Freyberg Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards the Cancer Task Force’s recommendation for a national molecular pathology service; and when they anticipate to implement this fully in relation to adult cancer diagnosis and care.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In 2015, the Independent Cancer Taskforce Report highlighted limited access to molecular diagnostics across the National Health Service and limited use of technology to systematically identify patients with cancer and suggested that this has resulted in the NHS falling behind other countries in the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective cancer care.

To address this, building on the world leading 100,000 Genomes Project and the existing infrastructure, NHS England announced in October 2018 that over the next 18 months work to mobilise the NHS Genomic Medicine Service (GMS) would get underway. The GMS will bring together existing clinical genetics services and the new genomic laboratory infrastructure to provide seamless service delivery for patients with rare and inherited disease and cancer.

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