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English government sets out first national cancer standards

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:192
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The English government has announced the first national standards for cancer care, which are being introduced to end variations in the quality of care provided by different hospitals.

    The cancer standards form a central part of the NHS Cancer Plan—a national strategy designed to improve the management of cancer in England, where cancer survival rates currently lag behind those in many other countries. They have been set out in the Manual of Cancer Services Standards, a 200 page document providing what the government described as “a step by step guide for better cancer care, better organisation and more information for patients.”

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