Cancer: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th May 2020.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the level of demand for oncology services that are provided outside hospital settings.

Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing NHS oncology treatment in patients' homes during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Published data does not yet cover the time period of the COVID-19 outbreak.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there may need to be some changes to how treatments are delivered. Cancer and its treatment can weaken the immune system, making a person more vulnerable to the virus.

Although urgent cancer diagnosis and treatment is continuing, in some cases, it may be safer to delay cancer treatment or give it in a different way, to reduce the risk of infection. For example, patients having chemotherapy may start to have it at home, to reduce visits to hospital while continuing with their treatment. Guidance to help support clinical decision-making at this time has been issued by NHS England and NHS Improvement at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/cancer/

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