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In-patient Management Programme

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what costs have been identified in the in-patient management programme for cancer services, as outlined in the impact assessment of the cancer reform strategy. (181397)

[holding answer 24 January 2008]: The Cancer Services Collaborative Improvement Partnership and the cancer action team are developing the in-patient management programme to encourage and support local implementation of the programme.

The programme will initially focus on providing support and guidance on service improvement for different categories of patients, such as patients admitted electively for surgery or chemotherapy and patients admitted as an emergency who are subsequently diagnosed with cancer.

For the first five years of the programme, the costs have been identified as follows:

Cost in (£ million)

2008-09

35.9

2009-10

61.5

2010-11

102.4

2011-12

153.9

2012-13

225.2

The bulk of these costs are for treatment provided outside in-patient settings as a result of avoiding or reducing lengths of stay, such as community rehabilitation/care and additional monitoring/treatment and ambulatory care, but they also include costs for programme management and monitoring.

However, overall, the programme will result in both improved experiences for patients and significant cost reductions. For example, if a 25 per cent. reduction in non-surgical admissions for cancer were achieved across the country, estimates suggest this would result in a £340 million reduction in costs.