14 November 2012
Responding to the publication of the Government’s mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board, Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We are pleased that the Government has recommended a new measurement for survival rates for all cancers, alongside the ‘big three’ (lung, breast and colorectal cancer). This will help to ensure that people with rarer cancers are not discriminated against.
“It is also encouraging that the Government wants the NHS to be recognised globally as having the highest standards of care for people at the end of life so more people can die in their place of choice.
“However, in order for these priorities to become a reality, there needs to be accountability at a local level as well as at the national level. It is vital that Clinical Commissioning Groups are held to account for survival rates for all cancers and their delivery of patient choice in end of life care.”
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Notes to Editors:
1 Department of Health, (2012) The Mandate: A Mandate from the Government to the NHS Commissioning Board: April 2013 to March 2015
2 The NHS Outcomes Framework has been published as part of the Mandate, which includes an indicator on one and five year survival from all cancers.
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