Improvement shown in cancer care in England

NHSAccording to a report by the National Audit Office, NHS cancer care in England is getting better but further improvements are being held back by a lack of reliable statistics, NAO warns.

In 2008-09, the total cost NHS had to bear of cancer was £6.3bn in England.

Value for money whether offered could not be stated sue to a lack of data by the Department of Health about its Cancer Reform Strategy that was published in 2007. According to ministers there will be a review.

The death rate is falling despite more people getting diagnosed with cancer but still the National Audit Office report sees a clear sign of improvement.

As compared to other leading European Union nations, the UK still lags behind the performance and for addressing this, the Cancer Reform Strategy was set up.

Due to a lack of reliable information, it was not easy to figure out by the NAO report that how good was this strategy when it came to value for money.

Variations that are unexplained in the amount spent by Primary Care Trust also exist.

Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said, "English cancer services have improved but there is still an incredibly long way to go for the country to be a world leader. The NHS needs to finally put the patient at the heart of cancer care, so that people with cancer can be in control of their lives."

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