5 December 2017
Responding to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer’s report on progress made in implementing the cancer strategy for England, Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“This important report examines how the NHS in England is progressing with its ambitious plans to improve cancer care by 2020. The report outlines important progress the NHS has made in certain areas, which we welcome. We do, however, share many of the concerns raised in the report, which draws on evidence from a wide range of people working in cancer in the health service, charities, and royal colleges.
“We are particularly concerned about the lack of progress made over the past couple of years in ensuring the cancer workforce is fit to meet increased future demand. Doctors and nurses working in cancer care have told us that they are currently seriously overstretched, and this is beginning to affect patient care. The NHS has promised action to address this by the end of the year and we look forward seeing detail on this.
“While some progress has been made in getting investment in cancer services to the frontline, the report also highlights areas where much needed funding is being held back. The Health Secretary and NHS England must urgently address the concerns raised in the report if we are to see the change that is needed in the promised timeframe.”
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Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK. One in two people are likely to get cancer in their lifetimes. Cancer can affect everything, including a person’s body, relationships and finances.
Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, emotional and personal support to people affected by cancer every year. The charity is there to support people during treatment, help with work and money worries, and listen when people need to talk about their feelings.
Macmillan receives no government funding and relies on generous donations from the public. People up and down the country show their support for Macmillan – from hosting or attending a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to running a marathon or giving up alcohol – so the charity can help more and more people affected by cancer every year.
Life with cancer is still your life and Macmillan is there to help you live it.