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Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson voiced his serious concern recently following the publication of new figures which reveal huge variations in the amount spent on cancer patients in different areas of the country.

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The new statistics reveal huge discrepancies in funding between Primary Care Trust areas: each cancer sufferer in Peterborough receives just £8576 a year – by contrast, cancer sufferers in Nottingham receive £17,028 a year and Knowsley in Merseyside £16819 a year.

The figures may help to explain not only why inequalities in cancer death rates have widened during Labour’s ten years in power, but also why access to drugs for the treatment of cancer varies so much across the country.

Mr Jackson said:

"The Labour Government’s own statistics have revealed a huge disparity in funding for cancer services. I very much value the hard work by doctors and nurses in Peterborough, but it is being hampered by Whitehall officials who are distributing health funding across the country unfairly.

"This is yet another example of Ministers mismanaging the NHS, taking no account of the needs of cancer patients, and creating a two-tier service.

 

Stewart Jackson was elected in May 2005 to represent the Peterborough constituency in the House of Commons. To find out more about him, his views and activities, visit his website at www.stewartjackson.org.uk

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