The commitments around cancer care in Plaid Cymru’s manifesto include:
- Introduce multi-disciplinary diagnostic centres and make it easier for GPs and other health professionals to refer patients to these.
- In suspected cancer cases patients will have access to tests and diagnosis within 28 days. They will develop three Urgent Diagnostic centres to enable quicker tests, meaning target time for someone to begin treatment (along the urgent route) would not be more than 45 days, compared to the current 62.
- Ensure all people diagnosed with cancer have access to a key worker to support patients throughout treatment and refer to advice on finances, employment and their psychological needs.
- Introduce a Scottish style initiative to improve performance on waiting times and a statutory Patient Treatment Guarantee
- Introduce public health policies aimed at reducing lifestyle related illness
- Establish a £50million New Medicines and Treatments Fund for Wales.
- Create National Specialist Panels to assess individual patient access to new drugs and treatments.
Make it easier for GPs and other health professionals to refer patients.