Blood and lymphatic treatment supply 'is inconsistent'

Primary care organisations (PCOs) are failing to provide NICE-approved treatments for blood and lymphatic treatments, research by Leukaemia Care suggests.

The charity reports that only 42% of PCOs in England and Wales make funding for blood and lymphatic treatments available as soon as guidance is issued.

In 22% of PCOs funding was not available 90 days after guidance was issued, according to the Leukaemia Care's 2009 haematology services survey. The charity is calling for a consistent and transparent approach to providing treatment across England and Wales.

Tony Gavin, director of cancer campaigning and advocacy at Leukaemia Care, said one of the charity's greatest concerns was that patients should have access to treatment. 

‘This report shows that some cost effective treatments are not always being made available to patients and that confusion over the stages at which treatments can be made available is delaying vital treatment by as much as 90 days — days that some patients just don't have,' he said.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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