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Cancer: Health Services

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 274479, tabled on 8 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the upcoming NHS People Plan will include a fully costed plan for growing the cancer workforce.

Answered on

16 July 2019

The interim NHS People Plan, published on 3 June 2019, puts the workforce at the heart of the National Health Service and will ensure we have the staff needed to deliver high quality care. A final People Plan will be published soon after the conclusion of the 2019 Spending Review.

The Cancer Workforce Plan for England, published in December 2017 by Health Education England (HEE), set out plans to expand capacity and skills in the cancer workforce, including targeting additional training support for seven priority professions such as clinical radiology, histopathology, oncology and diagnostic and therapeutic radiography. HEE will now work with NHS England and NHS Improvement to understand the longer-term workforce implications of further development of cancer services. This work will inform the final People Plan.

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Department of Health and Social Care