11 January 2012
Responding to the NHS Future Forums reports, Gus Baldwin, Head of Public Affairs at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'We warmly welcome the latest recommendations of the NHS Future Forum, in particular the recognition that accessible, personalised information, together with support, is an integral part of the services people receive. At Macmillan Cancer Support we are involved in the development of Information Prescriptions as a key way of providing this.
'We know that many patients need support to fully understand and use the information given to them about their condition, treatment and care. This allows them to feel in control and make meaningful choices. It is vital that the Government recognises the importance of personalised patient information and support in its forthcoming Information Strategy.'
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Media & PR Officer
020 7840 4872 (Out of hours 07801 307 068)
Notes to Editors:
 Macmillan’s involvement in implementing Information Prescriptions is cited by the Future Forum as a way to help people to make sense of the information they are given; we would welcome measures to support Information Prescriptions for people with all long-term health conditions.
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