9 December 2014
Today [Tuesday], ahead of the Britain Against Cancer Conference, Andy Burnham has announced that if elected the Labour party would commit to an extra £330million of funding to pay for innovative cancer drugs, surgery and radiotherapy. This would be known as the Cancer Treatments Fund.
Responding to the announcement, Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Everyone with cancer should be able to access the drugs and treatment that is right for them regardless of where they live, how old they are or what cancer they have. Macmillan Cancer Support welcomes the Labour party’s commitment to increase funding for cancer treatments, and its focus on funding treatment beyond drugs, as a step towards achieving this.
“But it is fundamental that any new system for the approval of cancer treatment is sustainable and keeps the patient at its heart. We will work with all parties to further develop their thinking on how we can make sure so that more people with cancer have access to innovative and effective treatment to help them live longer and in better health.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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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