19 June 2014
Today [19/06/2014] NHS England presented, for the first time within the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Outcomes Indicator Set (a key tool in monitoring CCGs’ progress), local one-year survival figures for all cancers in England . John Baron, MP and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC), says:
“Since 2009, the APPGC has been campaigning for the NHS to focus on earlier diagnosis, and I believe today’s publication will make a real difference by measuring the performance of each CCG for the very first time.
“Putting one-year cancer survival figures up in lights will encourage underperforming CCGs to promote initiatives to improve earlier diagnosis. These could include better uptake of screening, better GP training, access to diagnostic tests at Primary Care or better awareness campaigns.
“My Parliamentary Colleagues and I will be working with NHS England and the Government to ensure that this new information is put to good use. With this vital tool in the toolbox, the NHS will start to improve survival rates with a view to matching its peers on the Continent. This is vital if the Government is to meet its target of saving an additional 5,000 lives from cancer each year.”
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1 Health and Social Care Information Centre (2014), CCG Outcomes Indicator Set – June 2014
About the All Parliamentary Group on Cancer:
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC) was founded in 1998 to keep cancer at the top of the political agenda, and to ensure that policy-making remains patient centred.
The Group brings together MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum to debate key issues and campaign together to improve cancer services.
The APPG on Cancer holds regular meetings and has recently discussed such vital issues as the NHS cancer plan, professional and financial side effects of cancer, genetics, public health, and cancer and private health care, attracting an impressive range of speakers and a wide audience of MPs and cancer organisations.
The APPG's landmark event is the annual Britain Against Cancer conference. This event is a unique opportunity to bring together everyone who has an interest in improving cancer services in the UK.
About the Secretariat:
The Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer is provided by Macmillan Cancer Support and supported by a stakeholder group of organisations including Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, the Men's Health Forum, the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), Prostate Cancer UK, the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Rarer Cancer's Forum and Independent Cancer Patient Voice.
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.
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