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Local purchasing of health services is hindering improvements in cancer services

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:997
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Lack of experience and expertise in health services at a local level is hindering the purchase of cancer drugs, equipment, and services in the NHS in England, says a parliamentary report published this week.

    The report, The Future of Cancer Services in England, found that recent government changes in the way that cancer services are funded and organised—with a shift to purchasing by primary care trusts—were hindering progress in reducing delays in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and in eliminating variations in cancer treatment in different areas, so called postcode prescribing.

    The report, published by …

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