There is a better way for Britain to beat cancer

The Sunday Times leading article on 23rd March 2014 is so important that I am reproducing it in full. There is a better way for Britain to beat cancer.

The headline news was: How NHS betrays cancer patients, and cancer is something we are all fearful of. It is third enough to face cancer if we know there is no cure at all and anywhere, (as was the case 20 years ago) but It is much worse if we know we may be treated inferiorly to someone in another post-code, and our very survival may be at stake. Old plant, especially radiotherapy plant, lack of doctors (GPs for access, and oncologists for treatment) and then lack of fully funded palliative and terminal care completes the set. It is ridiculous that paracetamol, worms and nit treatments are fully funded when hospices are dependant on charitable donations to give good care.

There is a better way for Britain to beat cancer

The state of Wales: We should all rage against it’s dying.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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