If England’s cancer care was as good as the best in Europe 10 000 deaths would be avoided

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 09 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7098
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Around 10 000 people with cancer who die in England each year could survive if they lived in the “best” European country, officials from the Department of Health have admitted.

Officials giving evidence to MPs on the parliamentary public accounts committee on 7 December said that despite progress in improving cancer services in recent years, England still lagged behind some European countries.

The committee was holding an evidence session as part of its inquiry into the National Audit Office report Delivering the Cancer Reform Strategy, published in November.

That report studied how cancer services have changed in England since the Department of Health’s The NHS Cancer Plan was published in …

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