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Cancer Services

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of cancer services in (a) Billericay constituency and (b) England; and if he will make a statement. (292241)

The first annual report of the “Cancer Reform Strategy”, published in December 2008, is the most recent assessment of cancer service provision in England. The report showed that good progress is being made against the objectives of the Strategy.

Funding for local health services has been allocated to primary care trusts (PCTs) on the basis of the relative needs of their populations. It is therefore for South West Essex PCT in partnership with East of England Strategic Health Authority and the local Cancer Network to make an assessment of cancer services in Billericay.