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The government has recently reviewed its approach to cancer in Improving Outcomes - A Strategy for Cancer. This replaces the Cancer Reform Stategy and aims to improve and shape the future of cancer services.
Improving Outcomes - A Strategy for Cancer was published in January 2011, following the election of the new coalition government.
It is a government document which replaces previous NHS cancer plans and sets out how the government would like to see cancer services delivered. The strategy covers the whole cancer journey; from prevention and early diagnosis through to survivorship and end of life.
The strategy is not a set of instructions. Instead it suggests what the NHS might want to consider when planning services for people living with and beyond cancer. It takes into account the new structures the government is introducing as part of major NHS reforms. These reforms include giving more power to GPs in the planning and delivery of NHS services.
Macmillan has worked with the government and other organisations to influence this new strategy. We asked for:
The government wants to improve the quality and efficiency of cancer services so that UK cancer outcomes, including survival rates, are comparable with the best in Europe.
Now that the strategy has been published, Macmillan will continue to work to ensure people with cancer receive the best possible care and treatment. In particular we will:
The government held a consultation ahead of publication of the strategy. You can read Macmillan's response here |or download a summary|.
Find out more about Macmillan and cancer strategy in our media centre| or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org|
Read the Cancer Reform Strategy annual reports on the Department of Health website.
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