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Cancer: Health Services

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated total expenditure on (a) cancer care and (b) breast cancer care was in (i) England, (ii) each cancer network area and (iii) for each primary care trust in each of the last five years; and how much was spent on (A) inpatient costs excluding those relating to surgery, (B) surgery including daycare and inpatient stays, (C) drugs, cost of medicine preparation and administration, (D) outpatients, diagnostics, first and follow-up appointments, (E) screening, (F) radiotherapy, (G) specialist palliative care (excluding voluntary sector) and (H) other, calculated through the same method as that used to calculate the chart on page 119 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy, published on 3 December 2007 in each year. (300552)

Tables showing estimated expenditure on cancer care and breast cancer care for England, primary care trusts (PCTs) and cancer networks have been placed in the Library.

Information on cancer care has been provided for England and PCTs for the last five years. Information on cancer care has been provided for cancer networks from 2004-05, as this is the first year that the information became available. Information for breast cancer care has been provided from 2006-07 as this is the first year that data were collected at sub-category level for a number of tumour types.

The information requested on in-patient costs excluding those relating to surgery, surgery including daycare and in-patient stays, drugs, cost of medicine preparation and administration, outpatients, diagnostics, first and follow-up appointments, screening, radiotherapy, specialist palliative care (excluding voluntary sector) and “other” is not routinely available.

The estimated total national health service spend on cancer care represented in the graph on page 119 of the Cancer Reform Strategy was an analysis commissioned specifically for inclusion in the strategy. It was based on a wide range of data from 2005-06, and the sources of these data are quoted in the strategy. An estimated NHS spend on cancer care under the same categories of that graph is not available for any other years, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.