A Strategy for Cancer 2011
Improving Outcomes - A Strategy for Cancer
Improving Outcomes - A Strategy for Cancer was published in January 2011, following the election of the coalition government.
It is a government document which replaces previous NHS cancer plans and sets out how the government would like to see cancer services delivered. The strategy covers the whole cancer journey; from prevention and early diagnosis through to survivorship and end of life.
The strategy is not a set of instructions. Instead it suggests what the NHS might want to consider when planning services for people living with and beyond cancer. It takes into account the new structures the government is introducing as part of major NHS reforms. These reforms include giving more power to GPs in the planning and delivery of NHS services.
Macmillan worked with the government and other organisations to influence this strategy. We asked for:
- Every patient to have access to the best treatment and care for their cancer.
- Everyone to understand information about their cancer and treatment, so they are able to make good decisions.
- Everyone who has finished treatment to be supported with their ongoing needs
- Every patient to receive care in high-quality cancer environments.
- Every person nearing the end of their life able to die at home if they wish.
- Every person to have fair access to treatments and services, regardless of gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or type of cancer.
Key aspects of the strategy
The government wanted to improve the quality and efficiency of cancer services so that UK cancer outcomes, including survival rates, are comparable with the best in Europe.
- Rather than setting targets, the 2011 strategy focuses attention on improving certain cancer-related outcomes, such as one-year-survival rates.
- To improve access to new cancer drugs, the Cancer Drug Fund was established. This was due to run until 2014, but has now been extended.
- Financial incentives were offered to organisations that provide health care to encourage them to meet high quality standards.
The government held a consultation ahead of publication of the strategy. You can read Macmillan's response here or download a summary.
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