§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer specialists worked in the national health service, by region, over each of the last five years.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
The available information will be placed in the Library. Cancer is treated by doctors in a number of specialties. Consultants in the specialties of medical oncology, radiotherapy, haematology and general surgery all treat cancer patients. However, they are not all involved full time in the treatment of cancer, for example general surgeons and haematologists also work with other patients, while other specialties are also involved in the treatment of cancer.