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Cancer: Nurses

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of multi-disciplinary cancer teams for each type of cancer do not have clinical nurse specialist cover. (269305)

This information is not centrally collected.

We recognise the critical role that clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) have in multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs), as set out in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence series of Improving Outcomes guidance. The National Cancer Review Programme for 2004-07 looked at whether MDTs had full core membership and found that there were significant gaps in some areas, including in CNSs. Another round of peer review is now under way, and this will provide information about what progress has been made in this area.