9 December 2014
The Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, announced today (Tuesday 9th), at the APPG’s Britain Against Cancer conference that all CCG’s will have to report on their one year cancer survival rates as part of the CCG Assurance Framework. The document which ensures that CCGs are commissioning safe, high quality and cost effective services, to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.
John Baron MP, Chairman of the APPG on Cancer (APPGC), says:
“I’m delighted that from April 2015 all CCGs will be held to account on their one year cancer survival rates. At least 5,000 lives a year could be saved if England’s survival rates matched European averages and this could save around 10,000 if we matched the best in Europe.
“Late diagnosis makes for poor cancer survival rates, therefore the APPGC is confident that holding CCGs to account on their one year survival rates will be an important step forward in driving improvements in early diagnosis at a local level, persuading underperforming CCGs to raise their game.”
“They can achieve this through different initiatives such as awareness raising campaigns, better uptake of screening, better diagnostics at Primary Care, better GP training and referral programmes.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support (Secretariat for the APPGC)
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer is the voice of the cancer community in Parliament, raising cancer at every opportunity, including on the Floor of the House and in meetings with Ministers and others. Macmillan Cancer Support provides the secretariat to the APPGC.