1 October 2015
Responding to an investigation by Pulse magazine which shows that at least nine CCGs, practices are being offered payment for keeping within targets for some cancer referrals, Dr Rosie Loftus, Joint Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“It is very worrying that GPs could be put under pressure not to refer people who might have cancer, against their clinical judgement, because of targets. This is yet another sign of an NHS which is seriously over stretched and not giving GPs the resources and support they need.
“England’s cancer survival rates are already amongst the worst in Europe and a key reason for this is the inadequate access to cancer tests and treatment. If this is rationed further it could make survival rates and quality of life for people with cancer worse. This isn’t something the NHS can afford to do.
“Macmillan is urgently calling on the Government to fully fund and implement all of the recommendations in the recently published Cancer Strategy, including giving GPs direct access to key investigative tests and increasing capacity in the NHS for the number of people who can be sent for testing.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
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