What is our GP service expected to do in 2021 to 2022 to help restore full operation of cancer services?

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What is our GP service expected to do in 2021 to 2022 to help restore full operation of cancer services?

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There has been justified concern during the Covid-19 pandemic for people who have not contacted their GP with possible cancer symptoms. To address the issue the Department of Health and Social Care Outcome Delivery Plan: 2021 to 2022 set out its commitment in Priority 2 to support the delivery of commitments in the Cancer Strategy and NHS Long Term Plan on cancer, including “to introduce measures to improve early diagnosis and treatment of all major conditions”.

NHS England (NHSE) said your general practice plays a crucial role in the timely diagnosis of cancer, “with almost 68% of people with cancer first reporting their symptoms at their GP surgery”. Its Priorities and Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2021/22 says you should be working with your Cancer Alliance and your local population to increase the number of people coming forward and being referred, with “a particular focus on groups under-represented among those who have come forward”.

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