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Government announces cancer hotline staffed by specialist nurses

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o186 (Published 21 January 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o186
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

A new cancer hotline for members of the public is set to be launched by the government so that patients do not necessarily have to go through their GP to access diagnostics, MPs have been told.

The hotline, which will be staffed by cancer nurse specialists, was announced by Maria Caulfield, patient safety and primary care minister, at the latest Health and Social Care Committee hearing on cancer outcomes, held on 20 January.

The committee has previously heard from experts who warned that England was set to miss cancer targets for 2028 outlined in the NHS long term plan.1

In January 2019 the government promised that 75% of cancers would be diagnosed at an early stage (I or II) by 2028. But the Nuffield Trust think …

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