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Waiting for radiotherapy: New initiatives may transform service

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:235
  1. Robin D Hunter, dean of faculty (
  1. Faculty of Clinical Oncology, Royal College of Radiologists, London W1B 1JQ

    Editor—Dodwell and Crellin analyse the problems of the current radiotherapy service in the United Kingdom.1 Some important initiatives are under way in England and Scotland to make the service workload sensitive.

    Faced, in 2003, with Royal College of Radiologists audits2 3 and an Audit Commission report4 identifying a serious deterioration in waiting times for radiotherapy over the previous five years, the Department of Health in England created a standing multidisciplinary national radiotherapy …

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