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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1329
  1. M A Richards,
  2. J C Parrott
  1. Clinical director for cancer services Clinical operations manager, tertiary services Cancer Directorate, Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital NHS Trust, London SE1 7RT

    EDITOR,—We share Moli Paul's view of the importance of psychosocial care for patients with cancer, which has received specific attention in recent national reports.1 2 Our paper, however, was focused on facilities and activity levels at cancer centres. Psychosocial care depends critically on the provision of adequate numbers of appropriately trained staff. As we indicated, we are undertaking further work in relation to staffing. This includes benchmarking of staffing levels for nurse specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and palliative care specialists. The results will be reported when they …

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