1 October 2014
Today Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt announced at the Conservative Party conference the party’s commitment to creating a culture of compassion in the NHS.
Jagtar Dhanda, Head of Inclusion at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We welcome the Conservative Party’s commitment to continue prioritising compassion in the NHS and helping ensure that all cancer patients are treated with dignity and respect throughout their treatment.
“Whilst great strides have been made in the last couple of years research published last week shows that too many cancer patients are still shown a lack of compassion at their most vulnerable, with one in five feeling treated as a set of cancer symptoms rather than a whole person. A key reason for this is a lack of support and appropriate training for often overworked staff.
“Macmillan is calling on the other political parties to make compassionate care a priority at the general election and for all parties to commit to supporting staff to deliver this.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1 NHS England. Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2014. Q69.
http://www.quality-health.co.uk/resources/surveys/national-cancer-experience-survey/2014-national-cancer-patient-experience-survey/2014-national-cancer-patient-experience-survey-national-reports/688-2013-national-cancer-patient-experience-survey-national-report-pdf/file (Accessed September 2014) - See more at: http://www.respublica.org.uk/item/Compassionate-care-can-t-be-an-extra-it-must-be-at-the-heart-of-planning-for-a-future-NHS#_ftn3
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