12 July 2010
Responding to the launch of the White Paper, Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
'There are big challenges ahead for the NHS in terms of providing much needed improvements in post treatment care and end of life care for cancer patients. GPs are well placed to bring about these changes as they have both the clinical expertise and are closer to their patients than primary care trust commissioners.
'But it’s clear that GPs don’t yet have the expertise to commission the full range of services needed for complex diseases like cancer. Some areas of cancer treatment, for example, specialist commissioning for rare cancers, are best commissioned at a national or regional level.
'GPs will need specialist support and advice, and Macmillan will be talking to the Department of Health to ensure that our knowledge and experience can help the process ahead.
'We also welcome the desire to put patients at the centre of their care. In order for the patient voice to be strengthened it must be embedded in the commissioning process. This means GPs working together with people with cancer to ensure services are patient centred.'
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