8 January 2016
Responding to an investigation by Pulse magazine which shows that six months later at least two CCGs are still offering practices payment for keeping within targets for some cancer referrals, Dr Rosie Loftus, Joint Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“Under no circumstance should GPs be put under pressure to not refer people who might have cancer against their clinical judgement, in order to meet targets. If this is the case, then this is a clear sign the NHS is struggling financially and not giving GPs the resources and support they need.
“England’s cancer survival rates are already amongst the worst in Europe and those who do survive often live with debilitating conditions as a result of treatment. A key reason for this is 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.
“GPs should have direct access to key investigative tests and the NHS needs to increase the capacity for the number of people who can be sent for testing, not limit it.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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