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UK trailing behind on cancer care, says report

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The UK has some of the worst cancer and heart attack survival rates in the developed world, a survey has revealed.

Among 13 of the richest nations, Britain has the second lowest five-year bowel cancer survival rate at 51.6%, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report said.

The UK also ranks fifth worst out of 19 countries in terms of patients dying within 30 days of being admitted to hospital with a heart attack - with a rate of 6.3%.

And Britain came fifth from bottom for breast cancer survival rates after five years, at 78.5%.

The ratings are all well below the OECD averages and come in lower than the likes of New Zealand, the US, and Iceland.

According to the OECD report, life expectancy for British people is in the lowest half of developed nations, at 79.5 years. The figure is below that of neighbour France with 81 years and Australia, where people live on average for 81.4 years.

Britain also has more nurses than most other countries, with 10 nurses for every 1,000 people here.

And there are also far fewer doctors in Britain compared to most developed nations - with 2.5 per 1,000 of population, compared to 3.4 in France and 3.9 in Holland.

The OECD collates statistics on the world’s most industrialised nations, and used a range of data from 2007 for the health survey.

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