Clinical networks for cancer and cardiac care in England report major funding cuts

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8422 (Published 11 December 2012)
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  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

The clinical networks that coordinate care of NHS patients with cancer and those with heart disease and stroke are reporting major cuts in their budgets, show figures collected in a survey by the Labour Party, published this week.1

The survey asked the 28 cancer networks and 28 stroke and heart networks in England to provide information on their funding, under the Freedom of Information Act; more than three quarters responded.

Cancer networks reported that their funding had been cut by around 25% and that 73 staff posts (a fifth of the total) had been lost since 2009-10. Stroke and heart networks said that their funding had been cut by 12% and that 38 staff posts (16% of the total) had gone over the same period.

“Ministers have repeatedly promised to protect the funding for clinical networks,” said Liz Kendall, Labour’s shadow minister for care and …

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