26 March 2014
Today Jeremy Hunt MP announces new measures to improve patient safety and reduce avoidable harm, including that every hospital in England will have a duty to own up to incidents that cause ‘significant harm’. Jagtar Dhanda, Head of Inclusion at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'We whole-heartedly welcome this announcement, in particular the measures which aim to empower both patients and staff to demand, as well deliver, high quality care.
'All cancer patients have the right to be treated in a compassionate and safe environment, yet too many are currently denied this basic standard of care. In the most serious cases this is putting patients’ lives at risk.
'We know that health and social care staff need more support to deliver this level of care and Macmillan Cancer Support is calling on NHS leaders to provide this.'
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer (Services and Influencing), 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
Macmillan’s report on building and supporting a common culture of care can be read here