To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the shortfalls in the clinical oncology workforce as identified in the Royal College of Radiologists’ report, Clinical oncology: UK workforce census report 2020, published in July 2021.
13 September 2021
No specific assessment has been made.
As of February 2021, the number of full time equivalent clinical oncologists has increased by 20.5% since February 2015 – an increase of 250 clinical oncologists working in the National Health Service. Health Education England funded an extra 50 places in clinical oncology and an extra 36 in medical oncology in 2021.
The next Spending Review will set out further details of the Government’s spending plans for non-NHS budgets for future years, which includes funding for the NHS workforce.