GPs may need more help with cancer treatment, poll discovers

11th May 2011

The majority of GPs believe they would need guidance on the best type of cancer treatment services to commission under health reforms, a poll has discovered.

Cancer Campaigning Group (CCG), which represents dozens of cancer charities in the UK, found that 71 per cent of GPs thought they would need specialist help and advice on cancer if government reforms go through and their role changes.

More than 80 per cent of those asked also thought that cancer services such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and cancer surgery should be dealt with on a regional or national level, rather than a local one.

The poll was completed as part of a bid by the CCG to convince the government to retain the UK's 28 cancer networks if the planned NHS Commissioning Board is brought in.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has proposed doing away with the networks next year, depriving doctors of a vital source of information.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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