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We had huge successes following our election campaigns in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Political parties in Wales and Northern Ireland committed to many of our election calls, and we received strong support from parties in Scotland.
In Northern Ireland, the outgoing Executive added all Macmillan’s manifesto asks into the Cancer Services Framework, including making a commitment to offering benefits advice and access to a cancer nurse specialist.
We also had a positive response from the parties. Our e-campaigners were busy sending a film of people affected by cancer to party health spokespeople and candidates in all 18 constituencies. This resulted in our manifesto asks being included in four out of the five main party manifestos.
In Wales, there was strong support from all parties to Macmillan’s manifesto asks. A high-profile campaign saw blanket media coverage for the Change Cancer Care Today report|. This, together with lobbying from e-campaigners, resulted in commitments from all four parties to some or all of our election calls. This includes a national cancer strategy, better information and support, regular assessments and support for people affected by cancer from a key worker.
Elspeth Atkinson, Director Celtic Nations, said, ‘With the election of a majority SNP Government and commitments from the DUP and Sinn Fein, we are well placed in both Scotland and Northern Ireland to continue our work to ensure people with cancer have access to a cancer nurse specialist, information / benefits advice and proper follow-up care.’
Macmillan is now working hard to build on these successes. We will be working with the governments to ensure their commitments translate into better care for people affected by cancer throughout Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Read more about the Change Cancer Care campaign| or email Becky| for more information.
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