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Team meetings do not devote enough time to complex cancer cases, report warns

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j114 (Published 11 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j114
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Doctors and other staff members spend an average of just 3.2 minutes discussing each patient during multidisciplinary team meetings, a report by Cancer Research UK has found.1

The report called for an overhaul of the running of multidisciplinary team meetings where cancer patients’ diagnosis, treatment, and care are discussed. It said that they are a drain on staff resources and do not devote enough time to complex cases.

The report says that since the meetings were introduced in 1995 the NHS has changed dramatically, with a huge increase in demand and only minor increases in capacity. In 2014-15 around 1.4 …

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