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Nurse shortages harm prostate care

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The NHS must double the number of urological clinical nurse specialists (CNS) it employs, warn charities.

A chronic shortage of nurse specialists is a key cause of why men with prostate cancer experience worse treatment and care than patients with other forms of cancer, according to report from the Prostate Cancer Charter for Action (PCCA), a group including most of the major cancer charities.

The report, published this week, also revealed significant variations in the number of urological CNSs across the UK. It said that existing CNSs for men with prostate cancer have double the number of newly diagnosed patients, compared to breast cancer specialist nurses.

John Neate, chief executive of the Prostate Cancer charity, said recent NHS cutbacks have been extremely damaging to the clinical nurse workforce.

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