This snapshot, taken on
04/06/2010
, shows web content acquired for preservation by The National Archives. External links, forms and search may not work in archived websites and contact details are likely to be out of date.
 
 
The UK Government Web Archive does not use cookies but some may be left in your browser from archived websites.
Department of Health Skip to content

Please note that this website has a UK government access keys system.

You are here:

A postcode lottery of care

1.14 In addition to relatively poor survival rates, the NHS also suffers from unacceptable variations in access to high quality cancer services.

  • Studies have shown clearly that communities most at risk of ill health tend to have the poorest access to the range of preventive health services, including cancer screening programmes.
  • There are widespread geographical inequalities in the quality and type of treatment patients receive, because of shortages of specialist staff, fragmentation of care, inadequate access to surgical facilities, a postcode lottery on prescribing and insufficient radiotherapy facilities.
  • Many patients prefer to be able to die at home, but in practice only a quarter are able to do so, as a lack of community or specialist palliative care teams in some parts of the country conspires with inconsistent access to out-of-hours nursing care to prevent their wishes being met.

Access keys