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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th May 2020.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of implementing the recommendations contained in the Manifesto published by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Radiotherapy, published on 18 July 2019.

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

Holding answer received on 18 May 2020

The NHS Long Term Plan set out the priorities for radiotherapy services in the National Health Service in England.

This included £130 million being spent on upgrading radiotherapy machines, which has now been completed.

In April 2012, the Government announced that £250 million will be invested to build proton beam therapy (PBT) facilities at The Christie Hospital in Manchester and University College London Hospital in London. This commitment was reaffirmed in the NHS Long Term Plan, and The Christie PBT centre became operational in August 2018.

Reforms to the specialised commissioning payments for radiotherapy hypofractionation will be introduced to support further equipment upgrades. This is in progress and, in the interim, specialised commissioners have recurrently allocated £12 million to support the expansion of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy provision.

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