Before the election we asked you to take action to ensure that the next government prioritises cancer care in the UK. Now we have a new government with the power to act. It's time to deliver.
There are less than 6 months until the 2015 General Election takes place. Find out about Macmillan's campaign calls and what they want the next Government to do to support people affected by cancer.
Over 20,000 actions were taken as part of our Time to Choose campaign which demonstrated to political parties how important cancer is to you. Thanks to your support, all of the main political parties in England made broad manifesto commitments to improving cancer care for the 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK.
But we still need your help. By holding the new government to their election promises, we can improve cancer care for all.
What can you do?
Write to your newly elected MP and tell them that you think it's important they champion cancer care in this Parliament.
Meet your MP
Meet your MP and talk about cancer in your local area. We have some top tips to help you.
Read our guide to find out how to go about meeting your MP and making sure it's a success.
See our list of questions you could ask your MP when you meet them.
Macmillan's General Election campaign calls
We made three main calls during the General Election. To find out more read Macmillan’s State of the Nation report 2014 [PDF].
Social care at end of life
We demanded earlier diagnosis and better support after treatment to improve outcomes so they match the best in Europe.
We demanded health services that protect the dignity of patients, while giving staff the support they need to do this.
We demanded the free social care people need to fulfil their wish to die at home if they choose.
Far too many people at the end of life are denied their wish to die in the place of their choice. This is often at home with their loved ones.
We can change this by ensuring people get the support they need, including free social care.
Find out more.
Too many cancer patients feel treated as a 'set of symptoms' rather than as a person.
We can change this by calling on NHS leaders to treat patient experience and clinical outcomes equally. They must also make improving NHS staff experience a priority.
Find out more.
Nearly 1 in 3 people with cancer in the UK die within one year of diagnosis, suggesting they are diagnosed too late.
We can change this by improving early diagnosis, ensuring people are able to access the best treatment, and by properly supporting them at the end of treatment.
Find out more.
What did each party promise?
All of the main political parties made promises to improve cancer care over the next parliament.
Read our responses to the party manifestos as they came out:
The Conservative Party has been elected with a majority so their manifesto commitments will form the basis of this Government’s work. But MPs from other parties will continue to push for progress to improve cancer care.
Around the UK
Health services are devolved in Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales. See what Macmillan is up to in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.