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Government accused of breaking promises on NHS cancer treatment

Ministers have been accused of failing cancer patients after it emerged that three key improvements to services pledged by the coalition have been delayed.

The hold-ups, involving key aspects of the government’s 2011 cancer strategy, have prompted concern that the growing number of people developing the disease will not get the best treatment possible. The coalition has not delivered on its promise made to provide the NHS in England with 12 extra machines, called linear accelerators or linacs, which give patients high doses of radiotherapy. Jane Ellison, the public health minister, said in December that the NHS had 265 such machines in 2011-12 but just four more than that – 269 – in 2013-14, with just 256 “in full clinical use”.

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