23 May 2012
Responding to the Health Select Committee’s Education, training and workforce planning report, Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“We agree with the report that the planned changes to the education and training of NHS staff are too ambiguous and could impact on patient care. Worryingly, some NHS employers have already stopped providing any training that is not mandatory to their staff. We are also anxious that training budgets could be raided as they have been in the past.
“The delivery of high-quality, effective cancer care to patients depends on well trained and motivated staff. Neglecting the continued development of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals will damage patient care in both the short and long term.
“We are going to see a sharp rise in the number of people diagnosed with cancer, due to our ageing population, so it’s critical that healthcare professionals are equipped to deal with this challenge with appropriate training. The Government must safeguard NHS education and training funding as a matter of urgency.”
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