Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:

“It is hugely disappointing that the heroic efforts of our unwavering cancer workforce, and entire NHS, throughout this pandemic have still not been recognised with the pay rise they deserve. We need the government to support and value our workforce who are already stretched to breaking point. It is now more important than ever that the Government promises long term investment in skilled professionals to guarantee people with cancer will get the care they deserve.”


Responding to May 2021’s Cancer Waiting Times data for England, Alexandra Callaghan Policy Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

“Today’s results show there are still thousands of people missing their first treatment for cancer since the start of the pandemic. Many people living with cancer also continue to face agonising changes and unacceptably long waits for treatment, which could impact their prognosis.

“Urgent action is needed to ensure people are diagnosed and treated for cancer as quickly as possible. …


Eve Byrne, Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

“We are deeply concerned to hear that the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions is planning to cut Universal Credit, which provides a vital lifeline to people living with cancer.

“The financial impact of cancer can be devastating and we regularly hear from huge numbers of people struggling to get by, whether because they’re too ill to work or because of the higher costs they encounter while having cancer treatment. People tell us they don’t how they will pay for the additional heating or electricity they…


Alexandra Callaghan, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

“Staff numbers and capacity is now the single biggest crisis facing the NHS after the pandemic, with nurses telling us that they are completely burnt-out after what has been the most challenging period in their careers. Worst still, despite their best efforts, cancer nurse shortages were impacting on patient care even before the pandemic, and we are deeply concerned that without urgent action this will worsen.

“This Bill is a once-in-a-decade opportunity for the Government to finally seek the long-term solutions needed to tackle the ticking workforce timebomb. …


From running marathons to climbing mountains, millions plan take on monumental challenges this year inspired by the pandemic

New research published today by Macmillan Cancer Support[i] reveals that the Covid-19 pandemic has turned us into a nation of ambitious adventurers, with 6 million people across the UK[ii] (13%) planning to say ‘yes’ to taking part in an epic physical challenge, inspired by living through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Of those taking on challenges, 72% will be doing at least one challenge for the very first time, with a third of first timers citing that they would have likely said no to…


Responding to April 2021’s Personal Independence Payment (PIP) data for England, Toby Holt, Policy Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

“It’s deeply concerning that those who are vulnerable must wait almost five months (19 weeks) to receive a benefit they are entitled to. Many people with cancer rely on PIP to cope with the costs of a diagnosis, from transport to hospital appointments to paying their bills.

“We frequently hear from people living with cancer who are desperately worried about their finances as a result of the delays. It’s critical that the Government takes urgent action to ensure PIP waiting times are brought down. If they don’t choose to act now, there is a real risk that growing numbers of people struggling most with the costs of cancer will face financial disrepair.”

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Responding to Public Health England’s emergency presentations of cancer data up to December 2020, Alexandra Callaghan, Policy Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“NHS cancer care is beset by a chronic shortage of staffing and resources. Patients and staff urgently need the Government to do more to fix this problem. It must deliver a long-term, fully-funded plan for the workforce which increases the number of staff and covers training, retention and pay, so the enormous challenges which lie ahead for cancer care can be effectively managed.”

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Emergency presentations fact box:

· Today’s data is further confirmation that fewer people…


Responding to April 2021’s Cancer Waiting Times data for England, Alexandra Callaghan, Policy Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

“Today’s results highlight the scale of the challenge still facing the NHS. Many people with cancer have weathered agonising changes and unacceptably long waits for diagnosis and treatment throughout the pandemic, and there are still tens of thousands of people ‘missing’ a cancer diagnosis.”

“NHS cancer care is beset by a chronic shortage of staffing and resources. Patients and staff urgently need the Government to do more to fix this problem. It must deliver a long-term, fully-funded plan for the workforce…


Responding to March 2021’s Cancer Waiting Times data for England, Sara Bainbridge, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

“These results show signs of improvement, but today’s data rounds off a devastating year of disruption, which has seen tens of thousands of people missing a diagnosis or experiencing changed and delayed treatment, while their chances of survival potentially worsen.

“As Covid pressures lift, the Government can no longer put off fixing the chronic undersupply of cancer staffing and resources. …

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