It is easy to highlight unfortunate cases, which undoubtedly occur from time to time in any large organisation. It would be equally misleading to quote cases where treatment has been both prompt and exceptional and suggest that this is the norm. What really matter are measurements of general performance.
Ms Tongue should therefore be challenged to present firm data, not just opinion, supporting her contention that cancer sufferers wait longer for treatment or have a worse outcome in the NHS of 1994, than those of 1984. Unless she can do so, her accusations should be withdrawn and cancer sufferers reassured.
D. L. CROSBY
University Hospital of Wales
19 SeptemberReuse content