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Royal Marsden Hospital

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 30 November 1982

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51.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what recent representations he has received concerning the closure of the early diagnostic unit at the Royal Marsden hospital.

I have received representations from a number of hon. Members, several petitions and some 900 letters form the general public. My right hon. Friend announced yesterday that we have decided to make funds available to continue the work of the unit while we await the results of research into the effectiveness of various methods of breast cancer screening.

54.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the cost per patient of breast screening at the early diagnostic unit in the Royal Marsden hospital; and what is the average cost of breast screening at an outpatient clinic.

The average cost for each attendance at the early diagnostic unit at the Royal Marsden hospital is £20. There is no reliable figure available for the average cost of breast screening at an outpatient clinic.

73.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is yet able to make a statement on the proposed closure of the breast cancer screening unit at the Royal Marsden hospital.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend to my hon. Friend the Member for Carshalton (Mr. Forman) on 29 November 1982.—[Vol, 33, c. 78.]