LinkedIn message from Audrey Nailor, editor at ecancer:
The Association of Cancer Physicians (ACP), which represents and supports medical oncologists in the UK, has published a new Strategy for improving cancer patient services and outcomes:
I have submitted a response to the effect that as well as aiming to integrate primary care to ensure quicker access for patients, something needs to be done to ensure Gps are made aware when patients undergoing treatments need their care. Gps tend to think the hospital will give all the care that is needed during treatment, yet suffering can be unacknowledged, as I know to my cost, and is still sometimes the case: http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h6976/rapid-responses This should not be happening in 2015/16.
I also made the point that lymphoedema patients cannot access effective services, though the condition was caused by NHS treatments. And I enquired if they would be working with patients to achieve their aims…