National cancer plan released: Primary care takes key role in vision for new system

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National cancer plan released: Primary care takes key role in vision for new system

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John McMenamin
Cancer representative for the RNZCGP John McMenamin says GPs can expect new tools and better referral pathways for patients where cancer is suspected or present

On Sunday 1 September prime minister Jacinda Ardern and health minister David Clark released the New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019–2029 with a commitment to equity of survival outcomes by 2030. A key new organisation, the Cancer Control Agency, answerable to the minister, will be in place and operating by 1 December

We know primary care is already under pressure. It will need careful planning to ensure we are able to implement ideas in the plan Whanganui GP J