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The NHS’s cancer failure

Just how good is the NHS? International comparisons exist in one area that really matters: survival rates from cancer. Our centrally planned system, unique in the developed world, does not come out of this well. Five-year survival rates show the percentage of those diagnosed who are still alive after five years. In England, for the most commonly diagnosed cancers, the rates are 36 per cent for men and 47 per cent for women (the disparity is mainly due to the different types of cancer men and women get). Across the EU as a whole the figures…

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