Radiotherapy

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the All-party Parliamentary Group on Radiotherapy's six point plan to transform radiotherapy services.

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

The transformation of radiotherapy services is a priority for the Government and is referenced in the NHS Long Term Plan. Implementation includes the following:

- Faster, smarter and effective radiotherapy, supported by greater networking of specialised expertise, will mean more patients are offered curative treatment, with fewer side effects and shorter treatment times. 11 Operational Delivery Networks are in place, supported by a new Radiotherapy Learning Healthcare System and a future pipeline of investment to support improved radiotherapy information, increased use of quality improvement science to support service improvement, and adoption of consistent quality assurance approaches;

- A £130 million upgrade of radiotherapy machines has been completed; and

- The recruitment of 1,500 additional full time equivalent in the cancer workforce across seven priority specialisms by March 2021.

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