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Cancer

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, by what means he plans to measure the extent to which (a) primary care trusts and (b) cancer networks give high priority to raising public awareness of cancer risk factors; and what sanctions there will be for (i) primary care trusts and (ii) cancer networks which do not do this. (183974)

Primary care trusts (PCTs) are funded to meet the healthcare needs of their populations, which will include the provision of cancer services. PCTs are expected to plan for and commission services, and to monitor delivery of those services against local agreements. PCT and cancer networks are jointly responsible for making local decisions about the services needed, and are expected to use local information to assess the need for local awareness initiatives. PCTs are responsible for driving and managing change locally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for ensuring that GPs and primary care professionals have fast access to relevant diagnostic tests for cancer; and how he plans to measure progress towards this objective. (183997)

It is the responsibility of primary care trusts to ensure that general practitioner and primary care professionals have appropriate and timely direct access to diagnostic tests, and to determine whether these diagnostic facilities should be provided in acute general hospitals or in community settings, on the basis of local circumstances and the needs of their local populations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 992W, on cancer, whether the information on projected cancer in-patient costs placed in the Library expresses costs in real or cash terms. (184229)