Macmillan: Hospital culture 'puts targets over care'

Research commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support, of 2,217 adults living with cancer about their hospital treatment found a "lack of basic care, dignity and respect" for some patients, according to the charity.

The lack of basic care, dignity and respect experienced by cancer patients in hospital is shocking.

Giving patients a positive experience when they're in hospital is as important as good medical care but sadly there's still a culture in some hospitals where hitting targets is put before the compassionate care of patients.

– Mike Hobday of Macmillan Cancer Support

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