Rachel Maclean
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he expects a decision will be made on the commissioning of a prostate surgery robotic unit at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Steve Brine

There are some significant changes in the new service specification for Specialised Kidney, Bladder and Prostate cancer services for adults which was published on 25 February 2019. The publication can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Specialised-kidney-bladder-and-prostate-cancer-services-adults.pdf

These changes are based on the latest clinical evidence to ensure NHS England deliver the best outcomes to our patients. NHS England is required to review the provision of specialised kidney, bladder and prostate cancer services for adults across the West Midlands to ensure compliance. This review will include the provision of robotic prostatectomy as it is part of the kidney, bladder and prostate cancer service.

This will mean that, in conjunction with the West Midland Cancer Alliance, specialised commissioners will undertake a programme of work to develop a new commissioning framework for these services over the next 12 months that ensures compliance with the new service specification. Following this, NHS England will be able to work with trusts and local populations to implement the new model across the West Midlands.

No decision about robotic services in Worcester will be made until this review is complete to ensure that robotic surgery is commissioned appropriately.