British doctors ordered to cut back on cancer scans

(AP file photo)

(AP file photo)

WHAT: To save money, Britain’s National Health Service has demanded that family doctors ration the number of patients they send to hospitals for life-saving cancer scans.

HOW: This rationing is expected to delay the wait for MRIs and CT scans by several weeks, increasing the risk of patients being diagnosed too late and dying needlessly.

WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: Britain has one of the worst cancer survival rates in Europe, and experts charge that late diagnosis is to blame for at least 5,000 extra deaths.

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