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Prostate Cancer

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has taken to ensure that cancer networks adhere to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on prostate cancer; (229316)

(2) has taken to ensure that prostate cancer patients are reviewed by multi-disciplinary teams in all primary care trusts.

Improving Outcomes in Urological Cancer, published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in 2002, addresses the care of prostate cancer patients.

Strategic health authorities have submitted action plans to demonstrate how they will implement this guidance. The Department and the Healthcare Commission monitor progress against these plans.

The most recent round of peer review visits confirmed that the care of most cancer patients is managed by multidisciplinary teams, one of the key principles of the Improving Outcomes series of guidance.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding is available for treatment of metastatic prostate cancer in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority area and (c) each primary care trust in 2008-09. (229317)

It is the responsibility of each primary care trust (PCT) to commission healthcare services for their local populations, including the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer, using the funds allocated to them in their baseline allocations.

A table showing the revenue allocations made to each PCT in 2008-09 has already been placed in the Library.

The following table shows the total revenue allocation provided to each strategic health authority (SHA) area in 2008-09 and the overall total for England.

SHA

2008-09 recurrent allocation (£000)

East Midlands SHA

5,900,035

East of England SHA

7,494,446

London SHA

12,245,265

North East SHA

4,134,810

North West SHA

10,904,960

South Central SHA

5,148,563

South East Coast SHA

5,952,479

South West SHA

7,056,315

West Midlands SHA

7,827,382

Yorkshire and the Humber SHA

7,533,215

England

74,197,471

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical nurse specialists for prostate cancer there were in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority area and (c) each primary care trust area in each year since 1997. (229319)

The information requested is unavailable. Work force planning is a matter for local determination. It is for local service providers and work force planners to determine the needs of their local populations for clinical nurses specialists for prostate cancer.