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Cancer money siphoned off to pay debts

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 30 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:755
  1. Owen Dyer,
  2. Bryan Christie
  1. London
  2. Edinburgh

    Money promised to improve cancer care has been “purloined” by NHS trusts to pay their debts, according to a report by the Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology.

    About half of the sum delivered as part of the government's cancer plan—£280m ($400m; €450) of £570m—has disappeared into the health service without any noticeable benefit to patients, said the MPs.

    The committee also questioned whether the government has kept its promise to match charitable spending on cancer research, dismissing as creative accounting the health department's claim to be spending £190m …

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