25 September 2014
NHS England has today published the results of the fourth National Cancer Patient Experience Survey. The survey provides insights into the care and treatment experienced by cancer patients in 153 NHS Hospital Trusts across England.
“Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It is encouraging to see improvements are being made in the quality of care for cancer patients. These findings show we’re starting to see some of the positive impact of Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS England’s programmes to improve the quality of care in a number of hospitals around the country.
“Yet too many people still don’t get the care they deserve because they happen to have a rare cancer, come from an ethnic minority background or live in a certain part of the country.
“If we want to see genuine, widespread change across all of the NHS we need to see this government and the next fully commit to creating a compassionate NHS.
“Macmillan is urging all political parties to commit in their general election manifestos to ensuring that every single patient is treated with the highest levels of dignity and respect and that staff are supported to deliver this.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (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