3 November 2016
Responding to the publication of the Department for Work and Pensions Work, Health and Disability Green Paper, Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact said Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We welcome the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper as an important opportunity to change how people with cancer are supported to either remain in, or return to work. Cancer is the toughest experience many people go through, affecting every aspect of their lives. Work can often play an essential part in people finding a new sense of ‘normal’ and can have a positive benefit to health.”
“The number of people being diagnosed with cancer is predicted to rise in the coming years, and it is therefore vital that people get the right information and support - from the health service, employers and the Government - so they can remain in work if they are able to do so, and receive adequate financial support if they are not. We look forward to contributing to the consultation to ensure that the needs of people with cancer are addressed.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Senior 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.
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