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Cancer doctors told to become lobbyists

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 02 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:874
  1. Ann Kent
  1. Stowmarket, Suffolk

    Disillusioned medical staff should lobby their MPs for improvements in cancer services, according to Ian Gibson, Labour MP for Norwich North and chairman of the All-Party Group on Cancer.

    Dr Gibson, former dean of biological sciences at the University of East Anglia, told a conference in Cambridge last week that he had been impressed by the efforts of the lobbyists he had seen at work in Washington. “Lobbying in the United States has led to a doubling in the cancer budget. However, lobbying is foreign to us in this country.

    “My biggest disappointment is that some of the bodies who represent you don't lobby hard enough. You are also part of …

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