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Inequalities in outcomes for non-small cell lung cancer: the role of the MDT
  1. Paul Beckett1,
  2. Ian Woolhouse2
  1. 1Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Burton-on-Trent, England, UK
  2. 2Department of Respiratory Medicine, University Hospitals Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Paul Beckett, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Queens Hospital Belvedere Road, Burton-on-Trent, England DE13 0RB, UK; paulbeckett{at}

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