§ 43. Mr. Teddy Taylor
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what factors he takes into account in determining whether regional health authorities should be permitted to proceed with reorganisation of radiotherapy services into large regional centres; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Currie
The organisation of radiotherapy services in individual regions is a matter for regional health authorities. If, following public consultation, we are required to examine any specific proposal to which a community health council has objected, all relevant factors are taken into account including the results of that consultation.
Guidance to health authorities on the provision of radiotherapy services is set out in HC(78)32 and was confirmed in HN(84)23, which covered a report on acute services for cancer by an expert working group of the standing sub-committee on cancer of the Department's standing medical advisory committee, copies of which are in the Library.