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Plans for national paediatric oncology centre in the Netherlands cause controversy

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4228 (Published 05 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4228
  1. Wim Weber
  1. 1BMJ

    Plans to concentrate all Dutch paediatric oncology care in one national centre in Amsterdam have stirred controversy among doctors, patients, and health service planners.

    About 500-550 children are newly diagnosed with cancer every year in the Netherlands and currently receive specialised care in one of 17 paediatric oncology services located within teaching hospitals.

    The plans aim to restructure paediatric cancer care in the country with one separate specialised clinic to be built next to the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. The new institute, which is scheduled …

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