HC Deb 21 April 1995 vol 258 c310W
Mr. Congdon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to improve the provision of cancer care services. [10671]

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

I have received the final report from the chief medical officers' of England and Wales expert advisory group on cancer "A Policy Framework for Commissioning Cancer Services" which sets out a strategic framework for cancer services. Copies of the report have been placed in the Library.

I have accepted the recommendations in that report.

They will provide the catalyst for change. They will, over time, build upon the excellent services already provided in many areas to ensure the delivery of a uniformly high level of cancer care based on a network of expertise covering primary care and secondary care, including the establishment of designated specialist cancer units and cancer centres.

I look to the national health service to make determined progress in this direction, and welcome the fact that many health authorities are already beginning to plan their cancer services around these recommendations.

Sir John Gorst

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for changes in the cancer treatment services in London; with whom she has consulted on this subject; what proposals exist(a) for alterations to the present functioning of the Royal Marsden hospital and (b) its closure; and which matters relating to cancer treatment in the London region are to be the subject of public consultation. [19942]

Mr. Malone

Proposals for any major changes in the pattern of cancer services in London and for the necessary public consultation are drawn up by local health authorities in discussion with provider units. There are no proposals for changes, or for closures, at the Royal Marsden hospital.

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