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Cancer: Diagnosis

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr. Lansley), of 12 October 2009, Official Report, columns 802-3W, on cancer: diagnosis, whether his Department has plans for any hospital (a) building, (b) rebuilding and (c) renovation after the winding down of the existing major programme for renovating and rebuilding NHS hospitals. (295770)

There are five large scale hospital building schemes (capital value over £100 million) currently going through the business case approvals process.

This Government’s commitment to opening 100 new hospital schemes by 2010 has already been achieved. This has addressed the most serious and urgent deficiencies in the age and quality of the hospital estate. Fewer major hospital schemes are coming forward as a result and also because the type of facility required is changing as the national health service moves more services into primary care and community settings and provides more diagnostic and other specialist facilities such as elective care centres.