The Public Accounts Committee accused health officials over presiding over “woeful” failings which have seen takeup of some checks reach a 21-year-low. The NHS is losing its grip on its cancer screening programmes and has allowed failings to go undetected for more than half a decade, watchdogs have warned. Their report found that none of the four main programmes – for bowel, breast and cervical cancers, and abdominal aortic aneurism – is meeting their targets. The committee found that just one in 207 Clinical Commissioning Groups… MPs warned that millions of patients are missing out on cancer checks, accusing NHS England of failing to hold local providers to account for their poor performance. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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