Responding to the Chancellor’s speech on the Comprehensive Spending Review, Minesh Patel, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

“Once again the Government has refused to address the enormity of the crisis facing the cancer workforce. Even before the pandemic, staff were overburdened and thinly stretched, leaving people with cancer struggling to get the vital care and support they need.

“While we welcome the much-needed funding to tackle the backlog, the Government must urgently invest in the recruitment, training and retention of specialist cancer nurses in order to future-proof our cancer workforce in the years to come. Without this cancer nurses will be put under even more immense strain, and all of us will pay the price when we or our families face a cancer diagnosis.”

Yesterday NHS England released the first official results from a new national survey of cancer patients to understand more about their quality of life.

Macmillan Cancer Support was a key partner in the development of the Cancer Quality of Life Survey. …

Responding to August 2021’s Cancer Waiting Times data for England, Minesh Patel, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

“It is disappointing to see a setback in referrals and lack of further progress in treatment numbers compared to last month and there is clearly still a lot of work…

Charity identifies shortfall of more than 3,000 cancer nurses in England alone as patients risk ending up in A&E or with medication issues due to lack of support

In a new report, it is calling on the Government to create a ringfenced Cancer Nurse Training Fund to train the nurses…

Responding to July 2021 Cancer Waiting Times data for England, Minesh Patel, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

“As more people come into the NHS for cancer diagnosis and treatment, it’s vital the Government urgently invests in cancer services, including the guaranteed use of additional private sector capacity. …

Macmillan Cancer Support is pleased to announce that Roxane Heaton will join the organisation in September as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO) to lead Macmillan’s Technology and Digital teams.

Roxane has both public and private sector experience in a range of roles including as an Officer within the Royal…

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

“Today’s results confirm that there are still thousands of people missing treatment for cancer since the start of the pandemic. Urgent action is needed to ensure everyone with cancer is diagnosed…

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. …

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…

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