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Emergency cancer patients receive poor care

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 08 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1323
  1. Alex Vass
  1. BMJ

    Patients with cancer in Britain, especially those presenting as an emergency, are not receiving equal access to high quality cancer services, a report published last week has said.

    According to the charity National Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Deaths, cancer patients are being managed in units and centres with different caseloads and levels of experience. Some caseloads are so low, the report said, that “it is doubtful whether clinicians are able to maintain clinical skills.”

    The report, which covers most parts of Britain except Scotland, found that most cancer patients who died in hospital within 30 days of surgery had been admitted either urgently or …

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