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Acute cancer services should be provided in emergency care, says government advisory group

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 21 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3429
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

    All hospitals with emergency departments should provide acute cancer services in a bid to improve the quality and safety of chemotherapy for patients with cancer, says a report from a government advisory group.

    The report from the National Chemotherapy Advisory Group is a response to the November 2008 review of the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) (BMJ 2008;237:a2498, doi:10.1136/bmj.a2498).

    The NCEPOD review raised serious concerns about the safety and quality of chemotherapy services in England. Its analysis of the care of patients who …

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