8 September 2014
Responding to news from Cancer Research UK that NHS cancer services need increased investment or ‘cracks will begin to show’ Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“These findings are consistent with Macmillan Cancer Support’s own research that cancer commissioning is in a state of utter confusion and uncertainty.
“The NHS Reforms have made commissioning much more complex. Today numerous organisations in each local area are responsible for commissioning different aspects of cancer care. This means that commissioners often don’t know who is commissioning what or even who to speak to. We’re worried this mess means some cancer services, in particular aftercare and end of life care, are being completely neglected in certain parts of the country.
“England already has some of the worst cancer survival rates in Europe so we cannot afford to see cancer care forgotten. We’re calling on NHS England to urgently clarify cancer commissioning responsibilities, allocate the job of managing the whole cancer pathway to one body or person and provide adequate resources for commissioning.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and 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