Cancer services in England and Scotland are improving faster than in rest of UK

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5138
  1. Mark Pownall
  1. 1London

    The devolution of the NHS in the United Kingdom has led to uneven progress in cancer services, with England and Scotland outstripping Wales and Northern Ireland, the charity Cancer Research UK has found in a new analysis of national cancer plans.

    Its report says that cancer plans have in general succeeded in standardising the delivery of treatment and increasing the specialisation of care but that the English and Scottish plans are more comprehensive and have progressed further.

    Wales lags behind, the report says, and it criticises the lack of rigour in Northern Ireland’s cancer control programme and its delay in introducing the follow-up cancer service framework.

    The …

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