24 November 2015
Responding to reports on NHS spending ahead of the comprehensive spending review, Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It is great to hear news that the government has had the foresight to invest in the NHS at an early stage; our creaking system badly needs this money. It is now crucial that the government spends wisely and fully funds and implements the cancer strategy for England which will be transformational for cancer care.
“Cash for the health service is, however, just one side of the coin. The needs of people living with cancer are often life-long, and many require non-medical support to get by. We are deeply concerned that potential cuts to social care budgets may mean that extra funding given to the NHS ends up being spent propping up a cash strapped social care system.
“It would be counterproductive if some of this extra NHS money is sourced from cuts to public health budgets and bursaries for student nurses. This precious investment must be used to drive genuine progress, rather than be used to paper over the existing cracks.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, 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.
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