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MP calls for GP cancer networks

GPs need much more support and education in identifying and treating patients with cancer, according to MPs during a parliamentary debate.

MP Dr Desmond Turner, a member of the science and technology select committee, said GPs had 'variable' knowledge of cancer leading to missed opportunities for diagnosis or referral in primary care.

He said GPs in large practices should have a cancer representative with access to local cancer networks ­ multidisciplinary teams set up to improve cancer care and usually led by a consultant ­ because GPs had historically been

under-represented on them.

Speaking in the Commons earlier this month, Dr Turner, MP for Brighton and Kemptown, said: 'Cancer networks have not always been obvious to the public or GPs, and there is a substantial job to be done educating people.'

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