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Breast Cancer: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 156454, tabled on 20 April 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the backlog of women who are waiting to see a breast cancer specialist as a result of delays caused by the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

25 April 2022

The ‘Delivery plan for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care’, published in February 2022, states that NHS England will ensure that 75% of patients who have been urgently referred by their general practitioner for suspected cancer will be diagnosed or have cancer ruled out within 28 days by March 2024. It also commits NHS England to reducing the number of people waiting more than 62 days to start treatment after being urgently referred due to suspected cancer to pre-pandemic levels by March 2023.

To support delivery of the plan, including cancer care, we have allocated more than £8 billion from 2022/23 to 2024/25, in addition to the £2 billion Elective Recovery Fund and £700 million Targeted Investment Fund already made available to systems in 2021 to increase elective activity.