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29 January 2024 - Future cancer - Oral evidence

Committee Health and Social Care Committee
Inquiry Future cancer

Monday 29 January 2024

Start times: 4:00pm (private) 4:30pm (public)

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Minister faces questions on cancer diagnosis targets and future care

The final session in the future cancer inquiry is expected to focus on the likelihood of early cancer diagnosis targets being met, and progress on the NHS-Galleri trail to advance cancer care. An earlier report by the committee found the government was not on track to diagnose 75% of cancers at stage 1 or 2 by 2028.

Meeting details

At 4:00pm: Private discussion
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At 4:30pm: Oral evidence
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National Clinical Director for Cancer at NHS England
National Cancer Director at NHS England
Minister of State (Minister for Health and Secondary Care) at Department of Health and Social Care
At 6:00pm: Private discussion
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Questions are also expected on the absence of a dedicated national cancer plan, with evidence to the inquiry of improved outcomes experienced by countries that have long-term cancer strategies. MPs may raise questions about a publication date for the major conditions strategy, which will include cancer, and the extent to which that will promote innovations in cancer research.

Other areas on the agenda: barriers to further cancer research, in particular risks to the UK’s reputation as a global leader on clinical trials, and whether the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan is sufficient to grow and retain the wider cancer workforce needed.

The inquiry has examined innovations with the greatest potential to transform cancer diagnosis and treatment for patients in the short, medium and long term, and how they can best be transitioned into frontline clinical settings.


The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

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