26 October 2016
Responding to the publication by NHS England of its report into progress made on implementation of the cancer strategy, Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“The commitments published today by NHS England are a really important step in improving cancer services in England, which we know is vital as more people will be diagnosed with cancer in years to come.
“We are pleased to see that Cancer Alliances will be rolled out across England as they will pool the knowledge and experience needed to make cancer services better in a particular area. Many people who are being treated for cancer find their care is disjointed, often because of a lack of communication and organisation among those responsible for different elements of their care. We hope Cancer Alliances will tackle this recurring problem.
“The Secretary of State made a commitment that everyone should have personalised follow up care via a recovery package by 2020. This is a tight timeline, but we’re confident the NHS can do it if the work now begins in earnest.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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