We are committed to improving the care, treatment and support for everyone diagnosed with cancer as a priority.
The National Cancer Transformation Board have published a wide range of specific steps designed to increase prevention, speed up diagnosis, improve the experience of patients and help people living with and beyond the disease in Achieving World Class Cancer Outcomes: Taking the strategy forward. As the programme enters its second year of the 2015-2020 cancer strategy, a Progress Report (2016-17) has been released, outlining the significant progress made to deliver world-class cancer services in England. Highlights include:
- priority investment in earlier and faster diagnosis
- instalment of 36 Linear Accelerators (LINACS) and 12 upgrades to radiotherapy equipment at 23 hospitals
- roll-out of a Recovery Package and development of a quality of life metric to support survivors.
Survival rates for cancer in this country have never been higher but there is more we can do to ensure patients are diagnosed early and to tackle variation in access to care and workforce.
The plan focuses on six key priority areas:
- Prevention and public health
- Earlier diagnosis
- Patient experience
- Living with and beyond cancer
- Investment in a high-quality, modern service
- Commissioning, accountability and provision.
As always the patient is at the heart of this plan and people affected by cancer are the driving force for change.
This publication follows the release last year of the report strategy of the NHS’s Independent Cancer Taskforce – led by Sir Harpal Kumar, CEO of Cancer Research UK – which identified how the NHS can achieve world-class cancer outcomes and save 30,000 lives a year by 2020. This strategy provides a vital roadmap to guide our work on cancer over the coming years.
Equality Impact Assessment
The Equality and Health Inequalities Analysis assesses the potential impact of the cancer strategy implementation plan on different groups of patients and on overall health inequalities.
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