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Cancer: Urinary System

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2008, Official Report, column 1454W, on cancer: urinary system, (1) when he expects the information submitted by strategic health authorities confirming the position for 31st December 2007 to have been analysed; whether this information is being analysed by (a) his Department and (b) the NHS Cancer Action team; and whether the results of this analysis will be published; (201626)

(2) with which strategic health authorities where deadlines are unlikely to be met to ensure recovery plans are in place, his Department's Recovery and Support Unit is liaising;

(3) which networks in summer 2007 were (a) already reporting implementation of the Improving Outcomes Guidance and (b) reporting that they were on schedule to implement the Guidance by 31st December 2007.

The information submitted by strategic health authorities (SHAs) confirming the position for 31 December 2007 has now been analysed by the cancer action team. There are no plans to publish this analysis.

The recovery and support unit is liaising with six SHAs to ensure recovery plans are in place where deadlines are unlikely to be met. The SHAs concerned are:

East of England;

Yorkshire and the Humber;

South Central;

East Midlands;

West Midlands; and

South east coast.

In summer 2007, the cancer networks reporting implementation of the urological Improving Outcomes Guidance were:

Arden;

Derby and Burton;

Greater Manchester and Cheshire;

Lancashire and South Cumbria;

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland;

Merseyside and Cheshire;

Mount Vernon1

North of England;

North Trent;

Pan Birmingham;

Peninsula;

South East London;

South West London; and

Thames Valley.

In summer 2007, the following cancer networks reported that they were on schedule to implement the urological Improving Outcomes Guidance by 31 December 2007 were: -

Anglia;

Avon Somerset and Wiltshire;

Dorset;

Essex;

North East London;

North London;

Sussex;

Three Counties; and

West London.

1 Mount Vernon's plans were interim and based on a proposed new build at Hatfield. The new build is not now going ahead and implementation of a revised urology Improving Outcome Guidance action plan for Mount Vernon is expected later this year.