- publish national recovery plans to protect cancer services and reduce the treatment backlog
- rapidly establish ‘coronavirus-free hubs’ with the required equipment, testing and staff
- ensure that everyone with cancer has a personalised care and support plan with the emotional, practical and end of life support they need
- make sure people with cancer symptoms continue to contact their GP.
We want the Government to publish a plan showing how cancer treatment will return as soon as possible. Latest figures show:
- almost 18,000 more people with cancer in England could die. The coronavirus pandemic led hospitals to suspend treatment and deter people from seeking NHS care
- this is an increase of 20% on the 89,576 deaths among cancer patients recorded annually in England
- urgent GP referrals for cancer tests have fallen by 76%. Chemotherapy appointment referrals have fallen by 60%.
Take action – write to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP. You can raise Macmillan's and your own concerns over cancer treatment in England.