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Cancer “tsar” faces parliamentary group on waiting time targets

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:14
  1. Tiago Villanueva
  1. BMJ

    The current health service infrastructure for cancer is insufficient for waiting time targets to be met, said Professor Mike Richards, the government's national cancer director, who was called to a parliamentary inquiry last week to give evidence on cancer services.

    The inquiry, conducted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer, is investigating how national standards aimed at ending regional variations in cancer services can be met after the government announced in July 2003 that it was to devolve decision making and 75% of the NHS budget to local NHS bodies.

    Professor Richards said that according to the three year progress report on the implementation of the NHS cancer plan, published in October 2003, there had been an unprecedented investment in facilities such as computed tomography scanners, magnetic resonance imaging scanners, and linear accelerators but …

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