12 January 2015
Today [Sunday] NHS England has announced a new cancer taskforce to improve cancer survival rates which will include the launch of a major early diagnosis programme with Macmillan Cancer Support. Responding to the announcement, Juliet Bouverie, Director of Services and Influencing at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“With 2.5 million people now living with cancer, and numbers set to rise, getting cancer care right has never been more important. This taskforce shows real commitment from NHS England to make early diagnosis and improved cancer survival rates a strategic priority for the NHS. Macmillan Cancer Support welcomes the opportunity to be at the forefront of developing this vision for cancer services.
“With thousands of cancer patients struggling with the consequences of treatment, shown a lack of compassion, or denied a ‘good’ death every year NHS England need to make sure they also set out a clear strategy for supporting people recovering from cancer and people at end of life. Prioritising improvements that help people live well with their cancer and die well will improve patient outcomes and experience and ultimately ease financial pressures on the NHS.
“These widespread changes across the NHS will not be possible without support from government. This is why, ahead of the next general election, we are calling on all political parties to prioritise cancer care in their election manifestos.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (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