To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to tackle regional variation in gynaecological waiting lists.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department will take steps to tackle the regional variation of the size of gynaecological waiting lists.
National Health Service regional teams and integrated care systems will collaborate to standardise how care is delivered care, ensure best practice is adopted and share capacity and resources to reduce unwarranted regional variation in waiting times for gynaecological services. We have allocated £8 billion for the next three years £8 billion over the next three years to increase activity in elective services in England and reduce waiting times, including for gynaecology services.
We have also provided an additional £2.3 billion to establish up to 160 community diagnostic centres (CDCs) to provide further capacity for those waiting for clinical tests, such as ultrasound scanning, blood tests and hysteroscopy to investigate heavy menstrual bleeding or post-menopausal bleeding. Funding for CDCs has been allocated to ensure that regions with unmet need receive additional resources to address regional variation.