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£250m to be spent on cancer treatment

13th April 2012

The Government has announced it is to spend £250 million on proton beam therapy to treat cancer despite there being “no reliable, objective evidence” that it improves patients' lives.

An article in the British Medical Journal says it has not been assessed for clinical or cost effectiveness by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence but follows health secretary Andrew Lansley’s announcement that University College Hospitals in London and The Christie in Manchester would each house a facility to be fully open by 2017.

 

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