4 November 2015
Responding to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s report on healthcare quality in 34 countries, Dr Fran Woodard, Director of Policy and Impact, Macmillan Cancer Support:
"These figures are a depressing reminder that a lack of investment in cancer care is clearly impacting negatively on the outcomes for cancer patients. The NHS is capable of excellent care, but as these findings show, this is not always translating into results that match the best in Europe.
"As the numbers of people living with cancer continues to grow, this problem will continue to escalate. The cancer strategy for England sets out clear recommendations that will help improve the lives of people living with cancer - but this will require investment. It is vital for the government and NHS to commit to funding and delivering the cancer strategy."
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.
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