Health Professions: Cancer

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd August 2020.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that NHS cancer professionals are not redeployed to work on the response to the covid-19 outbreak.

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

On 8 June 2020, the National Cancer Director, Dame Cally Palmer, and the National Clinical Director for Cancer, Professor Peter Johnson, wrote to the National Health Service system outlining the second phase of NHS response to COVID-19 for cancer services. The letter contained a number of actions to enable cancer services that have been affected by the pandemic to resume and continue to provide care for patients. It is recognised that cancer professionals play an important role in delivering those important services. Further details can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/second-phase-of-nhs-response-to-covid-19-for-cancer-services/

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