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Breast Cancer: Plastic Surgery

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 18109, tabled on 14 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) local and (b) national steps he is taking to help ensure all patients across England can access free flap or autologous breast reconstruction and implant reconstruction.

Answered on

17 June 2022

The NHS Cancer Programme has asked Cancer Alliances to ensure that wherever possible, surgery takes place with immediate breast reconstruction and to seek opportunities to accelerate reconstruction for those women who have not undergone the procedure following previous breast surgery during the pandemic. The NHS Cancer Programme has stated that no local time limits should be applied to reconstructive surgery, in particular where the reconstructive surgery has been delayed as a result of the pandemic.