17 May 2011
Responding to findings of the Cancer Campaigning Group’s survey of GPs’ readiness for commissioning cancer services, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
‘GPs are telling us they will need specialist advice to commission cancer services so it’s extremely worrying that the funding of the cancer networks that can provide this help is still under threat.
‘Cancer is a set of highly complex diseases so it’s vital GP consortia understand and are able to meet both the clinical and the longer-term needs of people living with or after cancer.
‘The Government can’t leave cancer care to chance by not confirming permanent funding for cancer networks. Cancer patients need to know their care will not suffer because of the NHS reforms.’
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Openshaw – Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4699 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
The Cancer Campaigning Group (CCG) released research today showing four in five (82%) GPs believe that GP commissioners will need specialist support if they are to commission cancer services effectively.
The CCG is a coalition of 48 national cancer-related charities. Macmillan Cancer Support is one of six charities that sit on the steering group.
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. 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.
For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0800 500 800 for an information pack.