Cancer will affect 1 in 2 people. I believe the UK should become an exemplar in supporting people living with cancer by delivering world class cancer services. Grahame Morris MP
I am delighted to be a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Cancer, below is information about the group and our 2020 priorities:
Since its formation in 1998 the APPG on cancer has been the voice in Parliament of people living with cancer. It brings together MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum to debate key issues and campaign to improve the support available to people living with cancer.
In 2020, the APPGC will focus on the following three priorities.
The cancer workforce
Current pressures on the cancer workforce are the single biggest issue raised by the cancer sector as a whole. In 2020 the APPGC will continue to campaign on workforce issues to ensure the cancer workforce is fit for the future and can meet the changing needs of people affected by cancer. In particular, this activity will be focused on scrutinising the publication of the final NHS People Plan and making the case for workforce funding to be adequately addressed within the Comprehensive Spending Review.
Personalisation – Ensuring delivery of commitments in the Long-Term Plan
The NHS Long Term Plan published in January 2019 has some specific and ambitious cancer targets including that every person diagnosed with cancer has an personalised care plan by 2021.There will be a key role for the APPGC to play in holding the Government and NHS to account on the delivery of the commitments on cancer included in the plan.
Addressing the wider needs of people living with and beyond cancer
- Financial Cost of Cancer
- Mental Health
Whilst more people are living or surviving cancer than ever before, many experience a range of physical and emotional issues even after treatment has ended. Alongside this, cancer brings with it a real risk of financial hardship due to reduced income and increased costs. In 2020 the APPGC will campaign to ensure the holistic needs of cancer patients are recognised and addressed through the health and benefits systems.
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