24 January 2014
Responding to Jeremy Hunt MP’s announcement today that he is committed to introducing ‘whole stay’ doctors for patients to improve patient experience, Jagtar Dhanda, Head of Inclusion at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'We welcome this commitment. Too often cancer patients experience poor care when they move between different wards in the same hospital stay. This is partly due to poor communication between staff and patients and lack of coordinated care.
'However this new approach of assigning one doctor to one patient, who is responsible for coordinating their care, is a vital first step in preventing patients from falling through the gaps when they are at their most vulnerable. However, much more needs to be done to ensure that patient experience is at the heart of the NHS.'
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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