13 November 2013
Responding to the publication of the Government’s NHS Mandate to NHS England and the NHS Outcomes Framework, Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'We are pleased that the Mandate now includes a system wide response to the Francis Report recommendations and that the Outcomes Framework will measure the improvements on people’s experience of integrated care in the NHS. This is a step in the right direction. However, there remains a need for a greater focus on improving the relationship between NHS staff and patients as highlighted in the Cancer Patient Experience Survey.
'The Government has renewed its commitment to ensuring the NHS supports people with health conditions to remain in or find work, but has missed an opportunity to include a specific objective for NHS England to work with the Department of Work and Pensions on this. Work is an important part of maintaining normality after a cancer diagnosis and treatment so it’s disappointing there are no real incentives in the NHS to support those who wish to remain in or return to work.
'It is also disappointing there isn’t a measure to ensure carers are identified early and supported. There are close to a million people in England providing unpaid care to family and friends with cancer but only a minority identify themselves as carers and so many are unaware of the information, advice and support available to them.'
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