Inequalities inquiry recommendations to save thousands of lives each year and improve cancer experience for all
The final report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer’s Inquiry into Cancer Inequalities has been launched at the annual Britain Against Cancer conference (1 December 2009).
The report calls for radical reform of NHS cancer targets to help save the lives of thousands of people who are dying unnecessarily each year - estimated to be 15,000 just for people over 75. It recommends the development of a new one-year cancer survival rate target, which for the first time would cover all ages, including those over 75.
Priorities for action
In total the report sets out eight ‘priorities for action’, to both narrow the gap in survival rates between different groups and improve cancer outcomes for all. These include key recommendations, including:
a separate national body - the National Specialised Commissioning Group - to commission drugs for people with very rare cancers instead of NICE
the delayed National Cancer Patient Experience Survey Programme to start immediately
every cancer patient to have an Information Prescription by 2010
people living with cancer to have regular care needs assessments to tackle the ‘black hole’ in services between health and social care
legislation to ban sunbed use for under 18s
far better cancer patient data collection, which is crucial if PCTs/Cancer Networks are to make a proper assessment of the needs of their local population.
The APPGC officers - made up of senior Parliamentarians, including Shadow Health Ministers from both opposition parties, as well as Labour backbenchers - will be working in the run up to the General Election to build support for the eight priority actions within Government, across the other two main political parties and across the NHS.
Download the full version of the Cancer Inequalities report here [PDF]
If you have any comments or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the APPGC secretariat via firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7840 4947.