13 September 2016
Responding to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer’s report following its inquiry into progress in the cancer strategy for England, Dr Fran Woodard, executive director of policy and impact at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“This report shows that while some progress has been made in taking forward the cancer strategy for England, much remains to be done, and it is a particular concern that there are still so many questions to be answered around funding.
“Cancer care in England is under extraordinary pressure. Too many people are waiting unacceptable periods of time to start treatment, and those who have finished treatment are often lacking vital after care that can help them get their lives back on track. The cancer strategy addresses such serious problems, which can cause great distress to people at an already difficult time.
“We know that money is currently tight in the NHS, but the truth is that this country cannot afford to stop short of a wholehearted, fully funded transformation of cancer services. The number of people living with cancer is set to increase in the coming years, and it is essential that we have a health service that is able to meet this considerable challenge.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk