HC Deb 13 June 2003 vol 406 c1136W
Dr. Kumar

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to provide specialist wards, treatments and guidance for teenage patients being treated within the NHS. [118179]

Ms Blears

The Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly Government have asked the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to prepare service guidance for the national health service in England and Wales on cancers affecting children and adolescents. This guidance will form the basis for the local planning of teenage cancer services in the NHS.

As well as preparing service guidance for child and adolescent cancers, we are also developing the children's national service framework, which will put both children and teenagers at the centre of their health and social care, building services around their needs.

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