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Radiotherapy: Finance

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 121026, tabled on 25 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to increase radiotherapy treatment funding in line with the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Radiotherapy's report entitled, Transforming Radiotherapy, A six-point Covid-19 recovery plan to save lives and save money within the NHS, published on 6 July 2020.

Answered on

11 January 2021

There are no plans to make this recommendation into Government policy.

During the COVID-19 pandemic radiotherapy service provision continued. In light of the need to minimise trips to hospital, particularly for people likely to be worse affected by COVID-19, radiotherapy services have made use of fewer fraction protocols as supporting evidence emerges. The focus on recovery for radiotherapy has been on embedding the use of hypo-fractionated or fewer fraction treatments.