NHS cancer diagnosis services understaffed, tests to diagnose cancer underfunded

Tests to diagnose cancer underfunded and staff overstretched

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NHS services for diagnosing cancer are underfunded, understaffed, and key waiting time targets are being missed, according to two new reports from Cancer Research UK.

Cancer diagnosis services in the NHS are understaffed and underfunded, and will need a new injection of spending if they are to cope with mounting demand, Cancer Research UK has said.

The country’s leading cancer charity experts said they were “deeply concerned” with the state of cancer testing, maging and surveillance services within the NHS.

The endoscopy report – produced by the University of Birmingham – and the imaging capacity report – produced by the agency 2020 Delivery – both prepared for Cancer Research UK have identified looming gaps between the likely increase in demand for such services from a growing and ageing population, and the capacity of the NHS to provide timely tests for thousands of patients.

Sources and more information
  • Tests to diagnose cancer underfunded and staff overstretched,
    cancerresearchuk, 6 September 2015.
  • NHS cancer diagnosis services understaffed and need a cash injection to meet rising demand, say experts, independent, 06 September 2015.

2 thoughts on “NHS cancer diagnosis services understaffed, tests to diagnose cancer underfunded”

  1. Reblogged this on Barrow Blogs: and commented:
    And yet the Government is spending millions on ‘exercise classes to help NHS staff feel better – less stressed’ A relative of mine works for the NHS – his view ‘How about just spending the money on employing more staff? Stress would be halved right away then.’

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