27 May 2015
Responding to the health and welfare announcements in the Queen’s speech, Dr Fran Woodard, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Macmillan Cancer Support welcomes the focus in today’s Queen’s Speech on supporting the National Health Service, and integrating health and social care. With 2.5 million people living with cancer, and living longer after they have been diagnosed, it is vital that people with cancer have access to the best care and support, even after their treatment has ended. The government must clearly set out how it will implement its commitments to cancer care and show that cancer remains a top priority in this parliament.
“The government must also clarify how it will ensure any changes to the welfare system do not negatively impact people with cancer. Currently, thousands of people affected by cancer are reliant on welfare support once the financial impact of their disease takes hold. We need to know that these people will be provided with the support they need, when they need it.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Senior Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (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