Make cancer treatment affordable, upgrade infrastructure: Parliamentary panel

  • Published | 14 November 2019

While expressing concern about 68% of cancer patients who die in the state, the standing select committee on science and technology, environment, forest and climate change recommended setting up a hub and speaking system under the tata memorial

Global: A parliamentary committee called on the government to improve the cancer treatment system and make it more affordable by extending a leading health care institution's network, as it raised concerns about nearly two-thirds of patients dying in the country. The Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forest and Climate Change presented its document on "an increased role for the Atomic Energy Department in the treatment of cancer in India through an expanded network of the Tata Memorial Center in Mumbai." The committee recommended setting up a hub and spoke model under the Tata Memorial Centre, the pioneer in cancer treatment and funded by the Atomic Energy Department. The Committee recommended wider adoption of the Tata Memorial Center (TMC) proposed template' Hub and Spoke' across the country. Tata Memorial Center indicated that traditional and less complex cancer care facilities should be provided near the homes (spoke) of patients in order to create minimal disruption in their and their families ' lives. The Committee expressed concern over 68% of cancer patients who die in the country and urged the government to extend and improve the cancer treatment system for accessible and quality care by increasing the Tata Memorial Centre's network.

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