19 November 2014
Responding to Jeremy Hunt’s speech which sets out how the Government will deliver NHS England’s Five Year Forward Plan, Lynda Thomas, Interim Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“We’re delighted that Jeremy Hunt has put compassionate care and caring for older people right at the heart of his plan to deliver NHS England’s Five Year Forward View. Too often treating patients with dignity and respect is overlooked, yet our research shows that most of the time this is just as important to patients as getting the best medical treatment.
“In particular, we welcome his acknowledgement that NHS staff who are engaged and well supported are much more likely to be able to deliver compassionate care and the important role that NHS leaders can play in achieving this.
“Jeremy Hunt is right to say that changing the culture in the NHS is one of the most difficult challenges we face in the next five years. If he, and all political parties, are serious about achieving wide spread cultural change then today’s announcement is just the starting point. We need to see this translated into hard commitments in all parties’ general election manifestos as well as the national roll out of Macmillan’s practical guide for health professionals, the Values Based Standard.”
Macmillan Cancer Support is calling on all political parties to commit, in their general election manifestos, to ensuring all cancer patients to be treated with the highest levels of dignity and respect, and for staff to be supported to deliver this.
If you’re caring for someone with cancer and need information or support, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/carers
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
 Macmillan Cancer Support/ You Gov online poll of 2,454 GB adults aged 18+ Fieldwork undertaken 1-5th August. Survey results have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults.
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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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