§ Ms Blears
We do not routinely hold details of all the teenage cancer wards provided in the National Health Service in 1995 nor those that are provided at the present time. However, we are aware of eight units currently dedicated to teenage cancer patients in the following NHS trustsMiddlesex Hospital, University College Hospitals NHS Trust, London;University College Hospital, University College Hospitals NHS Trust, London;Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust;Christie Hospital NHS Trust, Manchester;Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust;St James's University Hospital, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust;Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust;Alder Hey Hospital, Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust
It is for primary care trusts to decide exactly which health services their local population need now and in the future. We have asked the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to develop guidance on children's and adolescent cancers. This will help primary care trusts in the planning and delivery of future teenage cancer services.
§ Ms Blears
The particular needs of adolescents in the health service are being considered as part of the national service framework for children, young people and maternity services. In addition, we have asked the National Institute of Clinical Excellence to develop guidance on children's and adolescent cancers. This guidance will take account of the national service framework and will help primary care trusts (who have responsibility for assessing the health service needs of the local population) determine the most effective way to deliver services that meet the particular needs of this group of cancer patients.