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Cancer screening must be made more convenient to suit busy lifestyles, says NHS report

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 24 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2344
  1. Jacqui Thornton
  1. London

The NHS should make booking screening appointments as “simple as booking a plane ticket online,” with appointments out of hours and text reminders to boost uptake, an interim report by Mike Richards has recommended.1

Richards, the first NHS cancer director and former chief inspector of hospitals for the Care Quality Commission, is leading an overhaul of national cancer screening programmes in England.

The interim report calls for practical measures throughout the NHS to make screening more convenient and reverse a longstanding decline in the proportion of people being tested.

“People live increasingly busy lives, and we need …

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