14 February 2014
Yesterday [Thursday] the Department of Work and Pensions published their plans for a new independent Health and Work Service, which will provide health advice and support to employers, employees and GPs.
Responding to the publication, Liz Egan, Working through Cancer Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'We are delighted that the Department of Work and Pensions has listened to us and has made clear that the Health and Work Service must provide support for people returning to work with long-term conditions such as cancer.
'Each year, over 100,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer in the UK1, and for those in employment returning to work can be difficult. They may have lost confidence or contact with colleagues. Many may need advice on adjustments to enable them to do their job, or could find it difficult to cope with the side effects of cancer treatment such as fatigue or anxiety.
'We will continue to work with the Government to ensure that all cancer patients returning to work get the best support.'
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:
1 Cancer Research UK. Cancer incidence by age - UK statistics. This estimate is for 15-64 year olds in 2007.
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