HC Deb 14 June 1999 vol 333 c11W
Mr. Paul Marsden

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the national report on reviewing radiography equipment will be sent to him; when it will be published; and if he will make a statement; [85694]

(2) if he will list those cancer centres in the UK which do not have two linear accelerators; and if he will make a statement. [85693]

Mr. Hutton

The report of the review of radiotherapy provision will be sent to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State shortly for consideration. Information on the number of linear accelerators in cancer centres has not been collected centrally but will be contained in the review of radiotherapy provision.

The Calman/Hine Report recommended that radiotherapy should normally be confined to cancer centres but in some remote areas a cancer unit could provide radiotherapy services in collaboration with a centre. The radiography equipment in a cancer centre will depend on the population served and the pattern of service available in local cancer units.