23 November 2016
Responding to the Government’s Autumn Statement, Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact, Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“It is really disappointing that the Government’s Autumn Statement failed to address the unprecedented problems facing the health and social care system. People living with cancer have a wide range of social care needs – practical, personal and emotional – as well as medical needs, which must be met.
“The NHS in England has failed to meet its target for treating patients after an urgent referral for suspected cancer in all but one of the past 29 months, which is a sign of a system already under significant strain. This is a crisis that will continue to grow unless urgent action is taken to provide people living with cancer with sufficiently funded and sustainable health and social care.”
For further information, please contact:
Eleanor Wilkinson, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (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