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Lawrence Dallaglio: NHS England a 'national disgrace'

Lawrence Dallaglio, the former England rugby captain, has written a letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt describing NHS England as a "national disgrace" for going back on a deal to fund cutting-edge cancer treatment, it has been reported

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Dallaglio: We are doing nothing and it angers me

A cutting-edge cancer treatment involving targeting radiotherapy very precisely at the tumour means that high doses of radiation can be delivered with less risk of it affecting surrounding organs.

The way NHS England are approaching this is turning the clock back on the way we're treating cancer.

We're not just standing still and doing nothing, we're turning the clock back.

It angers me.

– Lawrence Dallaglio's letter to the Health Secretary

But but the number of people being offered it has fallen by more than 10% since NHS England took control, the Sunday Times said. In Lawrence Dallaglio's letter, parts of which are published in the paper, he accused NHS England of "going back on its word".

He added that the technology that "the rest of the civilised world uses as a matter of routine" would only be used by "pitiful numbers", without a guarantee of being treated in the next year.

Dallaglio raised millions for charity and launched the Dallaglio Foundation following his mother's death.

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