Staff shortages lead to cancer deaths

Cancer
patients are dying unnecessarily because of a shortage of key NHS staff, the
official watchdog has claimed.

A
report by the National Audit Office has found that a lack of radiographers,
pathologists and other specialists is causing delays in diagnosis.

The
report, Tackling Cancer in England: Saving More Lives, found that government
initiatives were starting to address the problems, but called for further
action to end stark inequalities in the speed and availability of treatment.

The
Department of Health said that more radiographers and pathologists were being
recruited, and the report showed that good progress was being made.

By Mike Berry

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