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Study says U.K. cancer treatment is poor

Posted - Oct. 27, 2004 at 2:40 p.m.



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LONDON, Oct 27, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A study by Britain's Parliament suggests cancer sufferers receive inadequate treatment because general practitioners can't identify the disease.

The study, released Wednesday and called the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer, concludes cancer services in England have been left in a shambles by recent government changes to their funding and organization, the Times of London reported.

GPs had difficulty identifying which patients needed urgent referrals to a hospital, leaving sufferers waiting too long before being diagnosed, let alone treated, the study said.

It also found that managers with the government healthcare system who decide which people receive cancer treatments knew too little about the disease.

Taken together the problems have resulted in millions of dollars of public money being spent ineffectively, the report said.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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