Macmillan said the figures showed that much better survival rates were achievable in the UK.
Its chief executive, Lynda Thomas, said: “Because UK cancer survival rates are lagging so far behind the rest of Europe, people are dying needlessly. Frankly, this is shameful. If countries like Sweden, France, Finland and Austria can achieve these rates, then the UK can and should, bridge the gap.”
There is, as always, the problem with such figures. What is the influence of early detection? However, leaving that aside, what do the countries with better survival rates have in common? Rather more market in their health care systems than we do.