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Combined clinics for skin tumours

The concept of a multidisciplinary clinic is by no means new in dermatology. Combined clinics, comprised usually of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and radiotherapists, have been in existence in some centres for the past 40 years, particularly for the treatment of skin cancers. The Calman–Hine Policy Framework for Common Commissioning of Cancer Services (1995) established the principle of uniform high-quality care for all cancer patients, into which the contribution of a multidisciplinary team fits easily. The British Association of Dermatologists, in its documents on skin cancer service provision, strongly supports such arrangements.
Dermatology in practice 2000; 8(2): 6–8
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