Cancer care not good enough in eight out of ten regions

Katie Gibbons exposes that “Cancer care not good enough in eight out of ten regions” in The Times 5th October 2016.

What denudes the resources for cancer care most is to try and provide Hospice care where there is a poor community and not enough income to fund the annual overhead. Richer areas tend to have Hospice as buildings, and poorer areas either have nothing or Hospice at Home (much more efficient). Since the government funds birth fully, and death partially, we have covert rationing and many more charities around death. Poorer areas need such a large “bequest” that the income is enough to run a hospice. Funding the capital expense is rarely beyond citizens over time..

Patients in Leicester, Newham and Redbridge receive the worst NHS cancer care in the country, according to new treatment league tables.

The Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead health group, of which Theresa May’s constituency is a part, was rated one of the 24 worst areas, along with Wokingham in Berkshire, West Sussex and Hastings. More than eight out of ten areas were rated “not good enough”.

Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, said the league tables “will not make comfortable reading”.

” The Ofsted-style analysis found that 86 per cent of NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were letting down patients through late diagnosis, poor survival rates and delayed treatment.

A mere 29 of the 209 groups were “performing well”, and services in Harrogate, north Leeds, Solihull, south Devon, the Vale of York, Stockport and Wiltshire were the only areas graded as “top performing”.

”The Ofsted-style analysis found that 86 per cent of NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were letting down patients through late diagnosis, poor survival rates and delayed treatment.

A mere 29 of the 209 groups were “performing well”, and services in Harrogate, north Leeds, Solihull, south Devon, the Vale of York, Stockport and Wiltshire were the only areas graded as “top performing”.

 

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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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