The cancer framework now being used as a model for national standards in other services is failing to deliver equal access to care, according to the MP who chairs the Commons all-party group on cancer.

Ian Gibson, who was formerly head of cancer studies at the University of East Anglia, said that despite the introduction of the Calman-Hine framework, the absence of a suitable auditing system and a lack of accountability meant weaknesses were not being identified and good practice was not being widely introduced. Speaking at a meeting of the all-party group, he called for 'standardisation of Calman-Hine across the country'.