Second phase of NHS response for cancer services

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Local systems and Cancer Alliances were asked to identify ring-fenced diagnostic and surgical capacity for cancer, so that referrals, diagnostics and treatment can be brought back to pre-pandemic levels at the earliest opportunity.  This letter sets out further guidance and support.


Local systems should work through their Cancer Alliances, with support from regional teams, to provide:

  • dedicated diagnostic and surgical capacity for people referred with suspected cancer; and
  • cancer diagnosis and treatment in facilities which minimise the risk of COVID-19 infection for patients and staff.

Letter from Dame Cally Palmer and Professor Peter Johnson

Published 8 June 2020