3 October 2016
Commenting on new ratings for Clinical Commissioning Group cancer performance, Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
"The fact that so many CCGs in England have been identified as providing inadequate care to cancer patients -or requiring improvements in this area- is very concerning. It highlights just how much the NHS is struggling to meet the challenge of delivering cancer services which meet all the critical needs of people with cancer.
"The Cancer Strategy for England clearly shows how the NHS needs to address the significant improvements we all know need to happen urgently. The system simply must be set up to care for people with cancer now and in the future. That's why we desperately need the government to provide the funding, tools and workforce to deliver the improvements the strategy clearly recommends.
"Establishing Cancer Alliances will play an important part in driving improvements, as these local bodies will work with the local NHS to ensure that people in their area are being supported during and after their cancer diagnosis and treatment.
"Macmillan Cancer Support looks forward to working closely with those CCGs who are not meeting all the needs of people affected by cancer, by sharing our expertise and experience in these areas.
"Every single person affected by cancer deserves to get the support they need to live well, which includes receiving the best treatment for them in a timely manner and being treated with care, dignity and respect. There is some way to go before the care provided is as good as it should be and is consistent across England. But if you or someone close to you is affected by cancer, these ratings do not necessarily mean that you will receive poor care. If you need medical attention, do not hesitate to contact your healthcare professionals. And Macmillan can offer information and support through or website, helpline and various information centres. "
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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