‘NHS is failing cancer patients,’ says Milton Keynes medical expert

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Cancer care in the UK is lagging behind the rest of Western Europe, according to a leading medical expert.

Professor Karol Sikora, Dean of the new University of Buckingham Medical School which is partnered with Milton Keynes Hospital, will give a free talk at the university’s Chandos Road Building, on January 27 from 6.30pm.

He will argue that politicians are choosing to emphasise vote-catching gimmicks rather than developing sustainable strategies, and believes that better diagnostics and personalised therapies could improve cancer survival.

Professor Sikora said: “Although the NHS can deliver some of the best cancer care in the world our average is far below the standard of Western Europe. Poor access to diagnostic scans, delays in getting hospital appointments and starting treatment are rife.

“There are an estimated 10,000 unnecessary deaths a year due to our failure to provide the latest technology in a timely manner.”

The University of Buckingham Medical School is the country’s first private medical school.

Lectures began this week, and will be a mix of clinical and biomedical science teaching over the first two years. Students’ second, clinical, phase will be centred at Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for the remaining two-and-a-half years.