9 December 2014
Today [Tuesday] Simon Stevens has announced an updated national cancer strategy for England. Responding to the announcement, Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
"Macmillan Cancer Support is delighted that NHS England has today committed to a new national strategy and set of ambitions for cancer services in England to improve cancer care.
"We know that cancer care in England isn’t fixed. Currently one in three cancer patients die within a year of diagnosis, while thousands suffer a lack of compassion or die in hospital when they would rather have died at home.
“The focus on earlier diagnosis and announcement that we will be holding every CCG to account is certainly good news. We hope this gives organisations in the NHS the push they need to make early diagnosis a priority at a local level.
"We look forward to working with NHS England to implement the strategy. Alongside this, it’s now time for all political parties to step up, pledge their support for people affected by cancer, and show they are equally ambitious for everyone in the UK with the disease to get the quality of care they deserve."
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1 Coleman MP et al. Cancer survival in Australia, Canada, Denmark,
Norway, Sweden, and the UK, 1995–2007 (the International Cancer Benchmarking
Partnership): an analysis of population based cancer registry data. Lancet 2011; 377: 127–138
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