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Macmillan Cancer Support is working with NHS Stoke on Trent and NHS North Staffordshire to fund four new Macmillan doctors.
Doctors Anil Kumar Sonnathi, Mary McCarthy, Gerald Morgans and Jagadish Boyapati will be working as Macmillan GP Facilitators for the next three years with doctors, district nurses and other healthcare professionals in the community, to ensure that people with cancer receive the best possible treatment and care.
Macmillan GP Facilitators form a key link between GP's and the hospitals, so that the whole cancer journey is improved. This might be through ensuring that people are seen within a two week period if they suspect they have cancer, or by making sure that people who wish to die at home are able to do so.
Marika Hills, Macmillan Development Manager, said: 'We are extremely pleased to have appointed these four doctors as Macmillan GP Facilitators. They are the first Macmillan GPs locally and I know that they will be an excellent source of expertise, training and support.'
Dr McCarthy said: 'My role will mean working with Dr Kumar Sonnathi and other GP's and health professionals across Stoke on Trent. I want to improve the awareness and early detection of cancer so that people have the best possible chance of survival. I will also be supporting colleagues across the area in following the best practice when it comes to palliative and end of life care.'
Dr Boyapati commented: 'I am a GP working in Tunstall Primary Care Centre and I am looking forward to working with North Staffordshire GP colleagues on this project to improve cancer services and the experience of people affected by cancer in the area.'
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