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Cancer: Health Services

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 42023, tabled on 3 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Cancer Research UK Cancer Patient Survey 2021, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for cancer (a) testing, (b) screening and (c) treatment.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

13 September 2021

All screening services are now operational and providers are expected to work above pre-pandemic capacity levels to focus on maintaining and increasing invitation rates.

The National Health Service is establishing 44 community diagnostic hubs across the country, to improve both the capacity of diagnostic services and the patient experience. We project that these hubs will provide nearly 3.5 million more tests across the country by 2022-23. Additional capacity is being provided to cancer services through the establishment of dedicated cancer and surgical hubs, with many services now offering weekend services and longer weekday hours. A further £2 billion has been invested through the elective recovery fund to improve activity.

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