20 May 2016
12th May 2016
Responding to NHS England’s announcement of implementation plans for the cancer strategy, Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“We welcome the announcement of NHS England plans to drive forward the cancer strategy for England. We hope that added investment in early diagnosis and the setting up of Cancer Alliances will play an important part in tackling recurring problems such as missed waiting time targets.
“We are also pleased to see commitments in the plan to ensure more people benefit from personalised care after treatment. But it is not clear how these parts of the strategy will be funded over the next five years.
“NHS England and the Government must set out how they propose to fund this essential part of the cancer strategy if the improvements described in the plan are to be delivered. NHS England must also guarantee that necessary funding will be ring fenced in future budgets to ensure the plan published today can credibly be put into action. ”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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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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