The conference launched the New Statesman publication, ‘A New Strategy for Cancer Care’, looking at new methods of providing world-class cancer care and support. Articles by Cally Palmer, Nic Dakin MP and Lynda Thomas are included.Close
Jon Ashworth MP
Opening the conference, Jonathan Ashworth MP told delegates that it is vital cancer is at the heart of the government’s vision for the next decade of healthcare. In his speech, he highlighted the importance of a holistic needs assessment to enable cancer care professionals to tailor physical and emotional support for patients, and pinpointed addressing the pressures on the cancer workforce as his biggest priority.
In his keynote speech, he told the conference that workforce is his biggest priority, in particular creating a sustainable workforce with investment directed to non-clinical staff. Ashworth ended by quoting Macmillan’s Lynda Thomas, 'as well as adding more years to life, we need to add life to those years. A cancer system that prioritises living well with cancer as well as living longer is the very least that cancer patients deserve'.
You can read Jon Ashworth’s full speech here.