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UK Health Action Plan:


Family doctors have been ordered to ration the number of patients they send for life-saving cancer scans to save money.

They are being told to slash the number they refer to hospital for tests including ultrasounds, MRIs and CT scans commonly used to spot tumours.

Last night experts warned the cost-saving measures increased the risk of patients being diagnosed too late and dying unnecessarily.

Britain has one of the lowest cancer survival rates in Europe, and experts say late diagnosis is to blame.

And yet, NHS still, according to some polls, has a fair amount of support:

KPMG Consulting found that 60 per cent of voters were satisfied with their hospital and that 82 per cent were satisfied with their GP. Just 24 per cent of those surveyed were dissatisfied with their hospital and 9 per cent with their GP.

Who wants to guess what percentage of the “60%” satisfied with their hospital weren’t dying of cancer?

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