Topic: National centers for cholangiocarcinoma surgery
I run a busy liver surgery service in Leeds in the UK. Many patients with cholangiocarcinoma have trouble finding me and many have been turned down by other units before they do find me as UK regulations prevent surgeons from advertising what they do. As a result, I have put a proposal to the Department of Health (UK govermnet body that controls healthcare in the National Health Service) for national cholangiocarcionoma centers to be established - probably 2, but maybe 3 or 4, for the UK. The Department of Health would like to hear from cholangiocarcinoma patients and their families to hear if they they think this is a good idea or not. It would mean patients travelling further for care in some cases, but I think the standard of care provided would be higher than the current situation. My proposal is for our service in Leeds to cover the North of England and a center in London to cover the South. I would be grateful for your views.