There are over 60 organisations responsible for delivering cancer and end of life care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent at the moment and no one is taking responsibility for making sure they work together to ensure patients get the right support at the right time.
People affected by cancer, doctors and nurses in the local area tell us the system isn’t working and patients do not get the support they need when they need it most.
Even our own Macmillan nurses can’t provide the high-quality care that patients need because of the barriers and problems they face because of a lack of coordination and integration of care.
And the statistics reflect this. One-year survival rates in all four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) involved in the programme are below the England average and well below the European best. Two out of the four CCGs are failing to meet the 62-day referral to treatment cancer waiting time target. Yet the number of people diagnosed with cancer in the area is set to double by 2030.
The current system is simply not fit for purpose in the 21st century and needs to be updated.
By coordinating care better we can improve cancer survival rates, the experience of patients and ensure people are able to die where they choose.Close