16 November 2010
Responding to the Government’s vision for adult social care published today, Mike Hobday, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
‘We welcome the Government’s commitment to reforming the social care system in England especially their plans to break down barriers between health and social care in order to provide better care and support.
‘For as long as local health and social care decision makers mistakenly consider cancer as solely an acute, and not a long-term condition, cancer patients and their carers will continue to be abandoned to cope alone with the financial, practical and emotional problems caused by their diagnosis or treatment.
‘Cancer must be included in the debate about the future of social care and Macmillan is determined that the needs of cancer patients and carers will be addressed in the Government’s White Paper next year.’
For more information, please contact:
Rebecca Openshaw, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4699 (Out of Hours: 07801 307 068)
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0808 808 00 00 for an information pack.