20 May 2011
Responding to Andrew Lansley’s announcement that cancer networks will continue to be funded, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
‘This change of mind is great news for cancer patients as it provides important reassurance that their care will not be put at risk by the health reforms.
‘We’re very pleased the Government has listened to our concerns and recognised the importance of cancer networks in commissioning high quality cancer services.
‘The Government is right to cut bureaucracy but it made no sense to risk losing the valuable specialist knowledge and personnel that cancer networks provide.
‘The NHS now needs to look at how GP commissioners will be supported in the long-term to ensure patients continue to receive co-ordinated care, especially in this tough economic climate.’
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Openshaw – Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4699 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help. For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0800 500 800 for an information pack.