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    Staffordshire was the last of the Sustainability and  Transformation Plans to be published perhaps because relationships in this part of the country are rumoured to be poor. Both providers and commissioners in the area are challenged. Despite this the commissioners in Staffordshire are going ahead with a hugely controversial project to outsource some £1.2 bn of NHS services. This is at least in part an outsourcing of commissioning functions. The Public Accounts Committee considered a similar exercise in Cambridge with some grave concerns. The PAC report into the matter noted:- We asked the CCG why it had decided to contract […]
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    Because so many people are affected by cancer, you may be confused into thinking that all of us have cancer-like cells in our bodies at any one time.  But this is not the case.  Whilst it is possible that many of us have cells that have been damaged at DNA level, this is not the same as having cancer.  The body operates a natural cycle which continually checks to see if cells are in a healthy state or not. If not, they do not divide and multiply but instead should be repaired or killed off. Cancer occurs when these automatic […]
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    The full survey is on the Welsh Government site.  This is just the Foreword, by Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services and Susan Morris, General Manager for Wales, Macmillan Cancer Support Patients are experts in their own right. That is why this survey was commissioned and why we are pleased that so many people took the time to provide detailed feedback on the service they received. A response rate of 69% means the views of 7,352 patients are contained within this analysis. The results provide a robust and comprehensive analysis of people’s experiences of cancer care in Wales. […]
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