21 May 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the Government’s new health and care information strategy in England.
Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“When someone is diagnosed with cancer, there is a lot to take in regarding your illness and it can be very overwhelming. Providing patients with a single, online tool to access this information will help to give them a sense of control and the ability to better understand their condition in the comfort of their own home.
“We welcome the new plans to make test results, repeat prescriptions and booking doctor’s appointments available online. This will help to make life easier for cancer patients undergoing treatment at an incredibly difficult time in their lives.
“It is important however that resources are put in place to ensure that centres and other services which provide support alongside information are protected. With the shock of a diagnosis, people affected by cancer may not feel in a position to make decisions related to their condition without face-to-face support.
“We would be delighted to work with the Government to ensure that the online portal signposts to high-quality information and is sustainable in the long-term.”
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Media & PR Officer
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307 068)
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About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. More than one in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.