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Room For Improvement With Cancer Networks - Committee

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Room For Improvement With Cancer Networks - Committee

Wellington, Nov 25 NZPA - A review of New Zealand's four regional cancer networks has found they are providing a good service but notes there is room for improvement.

Cancer Control New Zealand, which is a Ministerial Advisory Committee, recommended that government funding for the Northern, Midland, Central and Southern Regional Cancer Networks, which were established in 2006, be continued.

However, the review found improvements were needed to ensure a better quality of service.

Cancer Control New Zealand chair Associate Professor Chris Atkinson said the networks often had more ambitious programmes than the staff allowed for and better priority setting was needed.

There was also room for improvement in how the networks were monitored and how they shared information with primary services, Prof Atkinson said.

Clinical director of the Ministry of Health's National Cancer Programme Dr John Childs said international evidence suggested having regional networks meant a better standard of care for patients.

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