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 needed to fill this shortfall

Originally published: Wednesday 8th September

The cancer nurse crisis has now left more than half a million people with cancer in the UK (21%; 630,000)i with a lack of support, with dedicated healthcare professionals struggling to provide the vital care needed in “worsening conditions”, according…

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. The funding announced this week is a start, but a long-term investment plan is needed to clear the backlog caused by Covid-19 and ensure everybody who is diagnosed with cancer receives the care they need.”

Key Facts:

  • The number of people in England being seen by a specialist for suspected cancer following an urgent referral by their GP was 224,086 in July 2021. …

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 Navy, Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the UK Hydrographic Office and latterly as a Director in the Civil Service. She has also held several roles at the supermarket chain, Morrisons, from Head of Technology through to Digital and Innovation Director for the Group. …

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 and treated as quickly as possible, as waiting too long could reduce a person’s chance of survival. This is a huge task for a system that was already overstretched before the pandemic. …

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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