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Cancer units are implementing changes from generic to specialist practice

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7081.677a (Published 01 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:677
  1. R A Haward, Professor of cancer studiesa,
  2. Ziv Amir, Senior research fellowa
  1. aYorkshire Cancer Organisation, Cookridge Hospital, Leeds LS16 6QB rah@yco.leeds.ac.uk

    Editor–The Policy Framework for Commissioning Cancer Services produced by the chief medical officers of England and Wales, with equivalent documents in Scotland and Northern Ireland, recommends appreciable changes in the provision of cancer services.1 The report introduces a network of services linking primary care, cancer units, and cancer centres. The concept of cancer units is new and requires changes in clinical organisation.2 Implementation of this policy demands an increase in clinical or medical oncology sessions at unit level to a minimum of five weekly sessions. A …

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