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MPs criticise “diluted” priority for cancer services over past two years

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1390 (Published 12 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1390
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The focus on cancer services and the efforts to make improvements in this area of care have been lost over the past two years despite growing numbers of cases, MPs have said.

MPs on the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee claimed that the government’s focus on cancer has waned with fewer resources allocated, less evident national and local leadership, and waiting time treatment targets being missed.

The committee published a report on 12 March on the progress in improving cancer services and outcomes in England, which laid several criticisms at the door of the Department of Health and NHS England.1 Despite having a good record in improving cancer services the department and NHS England …

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