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More radiologists needed for improved cancer diagnosis, says royal college

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2718 (Published 12 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2718
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. London

The Royal College of Radiologists has warned that a shortage of radiologists could hamper NHS England plans to provide fast tracked cancer diagnosis.

The national cancer strategy,1 launched by the National Cancer Transformation Board, unveiled plans for patients with suspected cancer to be diagnosed or have their cancer ruled out within four weeks of initial referral by a GP. From 2017 five areas will test the four week diagnosis standard.

NHS England will invest £15m ($22m; €19m) in a bid to provide “world class” cancer care by speeding up diagnosis, improving the experience of patients, and helping people living with …

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