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UK government pledges £370m to improve cancer care

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39420.370046.DB (Published 06 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1172
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

    All patients with symptoms in a breast, irrespective of whether cancer is suspected, will be seen within two weeks of referral to a specialist under ambitious new government plans announced this week to achieve “world class services” in England.

    The move is part of a raft of measures, outlined in the five year cancer reform strategy, to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and close the gap in survival between England and other countries in Europe.

    Announcing the plans, Mike Richards, the NHS’s clinical director for cancer services, said, “We have made good progress on cancer over the past 10 years. …

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