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Surgery: Technology

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been funded by the NHS to be treated using the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System (a) in the private sector in England and (b) overseas since the treatment was introduced. (310791)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery Systems are established in the NHS. (310792)

There are currently no Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery Systems in the national health service. A private centre is in place at The CyberKnife Centre in Harley Street, London.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has had discussions with (a) patient groups and (b) others on the applicability of the tariff for radiotherapy to hypofractionated stereotactic high-precision radiotherapy. (310793)

There is no national tariff for radiotherapy. Reimbursement for radiotherapy services is therefore subject to local negotiation between providers and commissioners.