20 May 2016
19th May 2016
Responding to a report by The King’s Fund which shows that 3.7 million patients in England are waiting for hospital treatment, an increase of 17% in the last year, Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It is deeply concerning that almost half a million more patients are waiting for hospital treatment, the highest number since 2007, and we know this is a particular issue for cancer patients. Recent figures showed that since January almost 6,000 people with cancer have waited more than two months to start treatment.
“It is devastating enough for cancer patients to be diagnosed with cancer, let alone wait months for treatment. The wait could also mean more intensive treatment and affect their chance of survival. This research confirms what we have known for some time - our health service is struggling to keep up with the growing numbers of cancer patients and stay within the budget set by government. We believe the Cancer Strategy for England is a step in the right direction. However, we still need to see more detailed information and commitment on how the plan will be fully funded if it is to become a reality, so people with cancer get the vital support and care they need.”
For further information, please contact:
Catherine Jones, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2453 (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.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk