25 November 2015
Responding to the Government’s comprehensive spending review and autumn statement, Juliet Bouverie, Director of Services and Influencing, Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“It is good news that urgently-needed NHS investment is coming sooner rather than later, and we hope to see the government continue to prioritise health and social care. The government must now fully fund and implement the cancer strategy for England, including the recommendations outlined today on waiting times for diagnosis.
“The NHS does not function in isolation, and it was good to see further moves to integrate health and social care; we have to have a social care system that is able to meet demand. More people than ever before are surviving cancer, but many live with devastating consequences of treatment and require social support for the rest of their lives. These often complex needs will not disappear.
“The spending review outlined further changes to be made to welfare, and it is very worrying that these may make it even harder for people with cancer to manage the financial impact of their condition.
“We also haven’t seen specific funding being allocated to improving end of life care, and we hope to see further commitments that will improve choice for people at the end of life.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
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