Plans to tackle deficiencies in cancer intelligence are set out in a new framework published today .
The Cancer Intelligence Framework sets out the actions that are being taken to ensure that high quality, timely intelligence is available to all those who need it to play their part in improving cancer outcomes.
It is intended to ensure clarity and accountability about who will do what, and when, in improving cancer intelligence, improving the information that is available, removing duplication and maximising efficiency.
Developments are needed in particular in order to improve intelligence on screening, access to diagnostic tests from primary care, chemotherapy, date of recurrence and costeffectiveness, as well as a major drive to modernise cancer registries.
This cancer intelligence framework has been produced by the National Cancer Intelligence Network following a commitment made by the Department of Health to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in May 2011.
The PAC identified a number of areas where urgent improvement is required and this framework meets the commitment made to the Committee to set out, with timelines, the actions being undertaken to address this.