24 October 2014
On Saturday Labour party leader Ed Miliband announced that the party would commit to improving early diagnosis of cancer and cancer survival rates, through a proposal which includes £750 million of new funding over the next Parliament.
Responding to the announcement, Dr Rosie Loftus, Joint Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“Currently, the chances of surviving cancer in the UK are significantly lower than in many parts of Europe. Far too many people are being diagnosed late, face delays in receiving vital treatment and abandoned once that treatment stops.
“We are delighted by the Labour Party’s commitment for the UK to be the best in Europe on cancer survival and the announcement that by 2020 no one will have to wait for more than a week for their cancer tests and results.
“In order to make this commitment a reality, this new funding must result in increased capacity for radiology and endoscopy services and go towards funding more GPs so that people can get an appointment at an earlier stage when they have worrying symptoms. GPs must also be given the support they need to spot cancer symptoms early with tools such as the Macmillan Cancer Decision Support tool.
“While today’s announcement is great news, it is vital that all political parties show a commitment by making cancer a top health priority and improve survival ahead of the next General Election.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, 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