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DH backs more oncology centres

27th August 2009

All hospitals in England with acute emergency departments have been asked by the Department of Health to establish acute oncology services.

The move follows a recommendation from the national chemotherapy advisory group amid concerns that most oncology consultants are clustered at the country’s 49 cancer centres. It comes as more patients are receiving their chemotherapy in the community or at local hospitals and also when there is a 10% increase in chemotherapy patients triggered by the 2005 decision to fund Herceptin on the NHS.


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