Today, we joined forces with 50 cancer charities calling on the Government to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival by making a number of vital funding commitments in their upcoming Spending Review. In a joint open letter, the One Cancer Voice charity coalition has urged the Government to address the urgent challenges facing the cancer community by investing in NHS staff and kit so that more patients can be diagnosed and treated faster.
Before COVID-19, cancer services were under considerable pressure. In England, waiting time targets for patients to begin treatment have been missed since 2015. The NHS is in real need of more cancer specialists and equipment, and this lack of support is putting a strain on other parts of the NHS, with evidence of more patients experiencing a serious medical problem and needing to attend A&E. Tragically, the pandemic has only put further pressure on cancer services.
At Ovarian Cancer Action, we are committed to tackling health inequalities in ovarian cancer and boosting survival for women today and in generations to come. That is why we have signed One Cancer Voice's letter asking the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to urgently address these challenges in the Spending Review by:
- Growing the cancer workforce and investing in kit to to improve the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients
- Levelling-up on cancer to address socioeconomic factors which mean poorer communities are disproportionately affected by cancer
- Strengthening investment in cancer research and development.
You can also support our call by signing this Parliamentary Petition asking the Government to invest urgently in the NHS cancer workforce in the autumn Spending Review. Click here to add your support.