By 2020, nearly half of us will expect to face cancer in our lifetime. Without real change we won’t all get the support we need. The time for change is now.
By 2020, nearly half of us will expect to face cancer in our lifetime. Without real change we won’t all get the support we need. The time to change is now.
The 2015 General Election was a fantastic opportunity for Macmillan to influence the future of cancer care in the UK.
With your support, we made a difference
With your help, we brought the voices of people affected by cancer to the heart of the election and kept cancer on top of the political agenda. Thanks to your support, all of the main political parties in England made broad manifesto commitments to improving health and social care.
Our government now has the power to act by delivering on their election promises, to improve cancer care for all.
As a direct result of our campaign, NHS England announced that a new taskforce would develop a strategy to improve cancer care over the next five years. The taskforce have now made their recommendations. Macmillan will now work hard to make sure that our General Election campaign calls are championed and real improvements made for everyone affected by cancer.
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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, 4MB].
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 were elected in May 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 and Wales. See what Macmillan is up to in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.