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NHS must increase capacity to deliver cancer treatment, experts say

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1043
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Cancer experts have called for urgent action to ensure that the NHS is prepared for an expected 28% increase in cancer prevalence across the United Kingdom over the next 20 years.

    NHS systems that deliver cancer drugs to patients are now at “crisis point,” and the lack of capacity must be tackled because demand for anticancer drugs will grow sharply, says a new report by the Cancer Capacity Coalition.

    The coalition, a collective body of cancer specialists and charities, said that if action is not taken patients' access to treatment will be blocked at the point of drug administration.

    The report highlighted several “hurdles,” such as the …

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