Cancer: Ultrasonics

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 10 May 2023.

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Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of ultrasound scans for cancer assessments in (a) England, (b) London and (c) the London Borough of Hounslow.

Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to increase the availability of abdominal ultrasounds for cancer diagnostics.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department works closely with NHS England to monitor the availability of diagnostic services, including ultrasound scans for cancer assessments. Although no specific assessments have currently been made by the Department at a national level, in London or Hounslow, NHS England’s London regional team reviews imaging activity data on a weekly basis, including ultrasound. Data is reviewed across London, at integrated care system and provider level.

£2.3 billion was awarded at Spending Review 2021 to transform diagnostic services over the next three years, including by increasing the availability of abdominal ultrasounds for cancer diagnostics. Most of this will help increase the number of Community Diagnostic Centres up to 160 by March 2025, expanding and protecting elective planned diagnostic services.

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