13 April 2015
Responding to the Labour Party’s General Election Health Manifesto Dr Fran Woodard, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“Macmillan Cancer Support welcomes the package of commitments in the Labour Health Manifesto which, if implemented, have the ability to make a real difference to the lives of people with cancer in England and their loved ones.
“Labour have committed to ensuring our cancer survival rates match the best in Europe through improving early diagnosis; making sure NHS staff are supported to treat every single patient with dignity and respect during treatment; and allowing people with the greatest care needs, including those with cancer, to die at home if they wish.
“These are the three areas of cancer care which people with cancer told us mattered most to them this general election, and which Macmillan has been championing with all Westminster parties.
“In addition Labour have committed to ensuring family and friends who are looking after someone with cancer get the right emotional, practical and physical support they desperately need by placing a new duty on the NHS to identify carers.
“Macmillan is looking to all political parties to make cancer care a priority in their manifestos. We will then be urging whoever wins to implement the promises they’ve made and improve the lives of people with cancer.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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