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Prostate Cancer: Health Services

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage change there has been in Government funding for treatment for prostate cancer in the last 10 years; and how many nurses specialising in prostate problems have been recruited. (213171)

The information on funding is not available. In 2006-07, the national health service spent approximately £4.35 billion on cancer services in England, of which £414 million was spent on urological cancer services. NHS expenditure on prostate cancer cannot be separately identified.

Information on the number of prostate nurses is not held centrally. It is for cancer networks to work in partnership with strategic health authorities and work force development directorates to assess, plan and review their work force needs.