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Exclusive: Screening IT system 'ageing and risky' - official review

England’s breast screening programme is running on IT systems with “multiple practical issues and risk associated with their operation”, according to an official investigation report obtained by HSJ.

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Rapid diagnostic centres should help bypass NHS gatekeepers

A network of one stop shop diagnostic centres for the rapid diagnosis of suspected cancer should be established across England, according to a report written by Sir Mike Richards.

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Early cancer diagnosis rates drop in several areas

The proportion of cancers being diagnosed at an early stage has dropped in several areas across England, according to recently released data.

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Exclusive: Public want new NHS money to go on cancer and staff, not digital

The public’s highest priorities for new NHS funding are cancer care and staffing, while their lowest are digital access and better services for vulnerable groups.


NHS England overhauling national cancer screening programmes

NHS England will overhaul cancer screening as part of the long-term plan and has called on England’s first national cancer director to lead the work.

Medical report

NHS England pledges to minimise report delays

NHS England has said it is “working to ensure delays are minimised” around the publication of national clinical audits amid “significant concerns” raised by royal colleges.

Interim Report

Patients 'at risk' as NHS England delays clinical reports

Patients are being put at risk because NHS England is delaying the publication of national clinical audits, HSJ has been told.

Interim Report

NHS England accused of 'power grab' over clinical audits

NHS England and its communications team have been accused of an “unprecedented power grab” after imposing strict new rules around the publication of national clinical audit reports.

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Major tertiary provider restricts out-of-area referrals

A major London teaching hospital has restricted referrals from out-of-area in response to unprecedented demand for its services.

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NHS England 'should look beyond big killer diseases'

The lead researcher on a landmark public health study has said NHS England must look beyond cancer and heart disease and invest in preventing back pain, skin diseases and poor mental health which are leading causes of ill health.

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National Audit Office investigating NHS screening programmes

The National Audit Office has started an investigation into the four adult health screening programmes in England, HSJ has learned.


CCGs battle to reduce A&E cancer diagnoses

The variation in the rates of cancers diagnosed in A&E departments across England is narrowing according to the latest data but some areas still have rates nearly double other parts of the country.

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Decades old computer systems putting lives at risk

Decades old IT systems underpinning the national cervical cancer screening programme could put lives at risk, ministers have been warned.

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Prime Minister announces new cancer strategy

The prime minister has announced a new cancer strategy for the NHS that will see patients diagnosed and treated faster to improve cancer survival rates.

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Hancock: Genomics project to sequence one million genomes

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has announced an expansion of the 100,000 genomes project, saying the NHS will sequence one million genomes within five years.

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Trust pulls out of contract as hundreds of cancer patients miss two week target

A foundation trust is to withdraw from a dermatology contract after hundreds of suspected cancer patients had to wait up to five weeks for a first appointment.

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Bed pressures exacerbate radiology safety risks says HSIB

Patients with undiagnosed cancer are being discharged from hospital before crucial radiology scans are completed because of demands to free up hospital beds, it has emerged.

Cancer care

Warnings over major cancer target overhaul

A major change to the measurement of cancer performance will produce misleading results and perverse incentives for some providers, several trust leaders have told HSJ.

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London trust restricting cancer referrals for out of area patients

A teaching hospital is closing its urology service to out of area referrals, as it struggles to deal with a backlog of cases.

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A&E, RTT and cancer waits - August 2018: explore the maps

NHS waiting lists around England, updated for July 2018.