The Proposed Structure and MDT Standards for Thyroid Cancer

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The details of the standards and the measures to achieve the required compliance are obviously not relevant to clinicians in other countries but there is similarity in many aspects and it may provide a basis for further developments.

A proposed thyroid MDT standards list is given in Table 3.1. This has been modified from the Breast Cancer Standards 2004 and therefore is not the definitive document. Thyroid cancer MDT measures based on the NICE IOG will be published by the Department of Health in due course. However, Table 3.1 will give some idea about the comprehensive nature of the standards that an MDT will have to follow and can act as a discussion paper for development of multidisciplinary practice for any center wanting to develop a reliable service framework.

The unique feature is that these standards are auditable and can be monitored.

For further details the reader is advised to go to the website - www.dh.gov.uk.

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