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Cancer: Information

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 20 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation he has made of the pilot programme for information prescriptions in relation to cancer. (248448)

The piloting of information prescriptions, which included four cancer pilot sites, concluded with an evaluation report and a government response which were both published in September 2008. These have been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to implement a system nationwide to enable health professionals to generate tailored information prescriptions at any point in the cancer pathway. (248457)

The national cancer action team is working in partnership with the cancer networks and cancer charities (Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support) to develop tumour-specific information pathways and an electronic delivery system that can be used by professionals to deliver tailored Information Prescriptions to patients at any point during the cancer pathway. These are currently being piloted across 39 trusts in England. It is planned that the full system, which will include tumour-specific pathways, will be available to most NHS trusts and cancer health care professionals in 2009.

In addition NHS Choices website currently makes available Information Prescriptions to patients, carers and professionals for prostate cancer and bowel cancer, with other cancers planned to follow. NHS Choices and the cancer partnership are working together to ensure consistent information delivery.