Haematological Cancer: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th June 2019.

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Photo of Colleen Fletcher Colleen Fletcher Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people who have been diagnosed with blood cancer were offered a holistic needs assessment in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Data is currently being analysed on the number of Holistic Needs Assessments (HNAs) being recorded by National Health Service trusts. This data only became required from April 2018 as part of the Public Health England Cancer Outcomes and Services Dataset therefore figures from before this date will be incomplete. A baseline survey of NHS trusts for January to March 2017 indicated that around 30% of blood cancer patients are offered an HNA. Since then, Cancer Alliances have been rolling out HNA along with other personalised care interventions, therefore it is expected that this figure will now be higher.

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