This year, more than 300,000 people will receive the life changing diagnosis of cancer in England. And the number of people living with cancer is predicted to rise by 3.2% each year. But for too many people, who they are or where they come from will determine what happens next. Socio-economically deprived and low-income groups too often face the prospect of poorer access to the care they need, at the times they need it most.
Macmillan believe that even where people are living longer with cancer, this must also mean living life as fully as possible. The opportunity to live a high-quality life after the shock of a cancer diagnosis must never be determined by unjust and avoidable inequalities.
In Time to Talk, we contest that over the next decade, we need a more compelling and sector-wide approach to inequalities. The publication of an inequalities chapter in the NHS Long Term Plan constitutes an encouraging first step – but we call on Government to provide more specific detail on health inequality strategy, resourcing, incentivisation and cross-Government collaboration.Close