Up to 10,000 people die needlessly of cancer every year because their condition is diagnosed too late, according to research by the government’s director of cancer services. The figure is twice the previous estimate for preventable deaths.
Earlier detection of symptoms could save between 5,000 and 10,000 lives in England a year, Prof Mike Richards will reveal this week. The higher figure is nearly twice his previous calculation, which put the figure at about 5,000.
We need to set clinical professionals free to look systematically at these problems and deal with them, which is surely why they went into medicine in the first place.
The CPS on the health quangos: Recommended reading: “Freedom for Public Services”