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Tories urge patients to complain to health secretary over cancer leaflets

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 13 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2024
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The UK Conservative party is encouraging patients to write to the health secretary for England, Andy Burnham, to complain about a recent distribution of leaflets concerning cancer treatment, which it claims were a “shameful” example of scaremongering.

    As part of its campaign for the UK general election on 6 May the Labour party has issued 250 000 postcards, addressed to individuals, warning them that their access to and speed of treatment for cancer would be affected badly if the Conservatives were to win the election.

    Labour has, in turn, completely rejected the Tories’ claim that it targeted the leaflets at patients with cancer.

    The cards warn that the guarantees that …

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