Bowel Cancer: Endoscopy

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 30 June 2023.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to roll out colon capsule endoscopies across the NHS.

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

Colon Capsule Endoscopy (CCE) is currently being offered to low to intermediate risk patients on a lower gastrointestinal urgent cancer pathway and post-polypectomy surveillance patients in 52 sites across England as part of a national pilot.

So far, 6,000 CCE’s have been carried out and 70% of patients who have had this procedure have been spared a colonoscopy. An evaluation is running alongside the pilot to assess outcomes, diagnostic accuracy and patient experience. The evaluation will conclude in March 2024 and the resultant paper will inform long-term commissioning in local systems.

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