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Cancer services move is approved

Some cancer treatment will now take place in Plymouth

Plans to move some cancer services out of Cornwall have been approved by the new Cornwall Council.

Upper Gastro-Intestinal surgery will now take place at a specialist treatment centre in Plymouth.

It follows advice by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust that it would improve survival rates.

The plans have been fiercely opposed by some patient groups and doctors, who claim some patients will now have to travel three hours for treatment.

It's allowing an opportunity for people to get a better outcome
Eric Parkin, Cornwall Council

The decision to move the surgery was made by the council's Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Its chairman Eric Parkin said: "I think it's about common sense and allowing an opportunity for people to get a better outcome.

"At the end of the day I think we will go to any centre of excellence where our chances to live are enhanced."

The committee also decided there would be no need for a public consultation on the move.

Last week a 32,000-name petition opposing the plans was handed to councillors in the hope of persuading them to keep services in Cornwall.

The Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust overview committee will meet later to discuss whether to back Cornwall Council's decision.

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