5 December 2017
Responding to the Cancer Workforce Plan published by Health Education England on Tuesday, Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy & Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“Pressures on those working in cancer care have mounted to an extraordinary degree over the past couple of years. Against that backdrop, it has been immensely frustrating to see such slow progress in tackling the workforce challenges facing the people working in cancer care.”
“Recent Macmillan research suggests that pressures facing the workforce have begun to impact on the quality of care cancer patients are receiving. So today’s announcement is a welcome first step in improving the increasingly difficult climate in which doctors, nurses and other professionals are working. As well as immediate action now, further work next year on nursing and a longer-term plan will be critical to really drive the improvements required.
“It is disappointing to see these commitments are not accompanied by the investment which is needed to ensure the NHS workforce is fit to meet the future challenges cancer poses.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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.