Plans to extend the monitoring of the results of healthcare in the NHS have been set out by health secretary Andrew Lansley.

Addressing the Royal College of General Practitioners in Liverpool, Mr Lansley said the auditing of clinical outcomes - with the publication of the results - would be extended to 11 new areas of medicine.

They include breast cancer, prostate cancer, rheumatoid and early inflammatory arthritis, healthcare for patients with learning difficulties, and healthcare for patients with sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.

“Better data means better quality in the NHS - for patients, for their specialist clinicians, and crucially for you - both as their GPs and as the future commissioners of those services,” he said.

“It means patients can make better informed choices. It means specialists can compare themselves with the best and learn the lessons. And it means you can commission services from specialists who have learned those lessons.”

The DH said it would bring the total number of areas of medicine covered by National Clinical Audits to 40. The 11 new areas are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emergency laparotomy, the national vascular registry, prostate cancer, healthcare for individuals with learning difficulties, specialist rehabilitation for patients with complex needs, chronic kidney disease in primary care, ophthalmology, breast cancer, rheumatoid and early inflammatory arthritis, and healthcare for individuals with sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.