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Bowel Surgery

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for (a) establishing and (b) evaluating a pilot training programme for laparoscopic bowel surgery; and what criteria he will use in making a decision about national implementation. (183986)

The pilot training programme for laparoscopic colorectal cancer is currently being set up. Following a tender exercise, carried out by the national cancer action team, nine training centres have been selected and were appointed in January 2008. The pilot is due to run for a period of 18 months with an evaluation being carried out towards the end of the project. The evaluation will make recommendations for the future and among the success criteria will be patient outcomes and satisfaction, the competency of surgical training, assessment, accreditation and value for money.