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‘Patients are choosing palliative care over cancer treatment’ due to lack of local services, CEO warns

Patients in part of the East of England are choosing to begin palliative care over cancer treatment because of prohibitive travel times and costs to get to the nearest specialist centre, a local system leader has warned.

The Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board CEO said delays to a proposed £400m project, which includes creating “satellite” treatment centres on its patch, was therefore putting lives at risk and widening inequalities.

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Source: HSJ, 13 May 2024


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