5 July 2013
Commenting on Jeremy Hunt’s announcement on plans for elderly care patients to be assigned a named clinician when they leave hospital, Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“We welcome plans to make the care of older people with long-term conditions more co-ordinated by giving them a named clinician when they leave hospital.
“However, we mustn’t forget the crucial role elderly care physicians play in the delivery of high quality coordinated care for our older population. Recent work undertaken by Macmillan, the Department of Health and Age UK demonstrated significant benefits of both cancer specialists and elderly care specialists closely working together.
“Macmillan is calling on cancer services providers and commissioners to include elderly care specialists in the planning and delivery of older people’s care. With the number of older people living with cancer in the UK set to more than treble by 2040, this must be done as a matter of urgency.”
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Notes to Editors:
The number of older people (aged 65 and over) living with cancer in the UK is set to more than treble by 2040 – from 1.3 million in 2010 to 4.1 million.
Maddams J, Utley M and Møller H. 2012. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010–2040. British Journal of Cancer advance online publication 14 August 2012; doi: 10.1038/bjc.2012.366 http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/bjc2012366a.html.
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