Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

21 JUL 2015

Cancer Taskforce report launched

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine attended a key cancer report launch in Parliament today (Tuesday 21 July).

The Independent Cancer Taskforce report aims to boost cancer survival and transform patient experience.  It has identified six strategic priorities to help the NHS achieve world-class cancer outcomes.

The report outlines how an additional 30,000 patients every year could survive cancer for 10 years or more by 2020. Of these, around 11,000 would be through earlier diagnosis.

Dr Harpal Kumar, led the Taskforce and is also Chief Executive of CRUK, presented its findings to MPs including Public Health Minister who Steve works with at the Department of Health, Jane Ellison.

The plan, which aims to make substantial improvements in cancer care in England, comes at a time when cancer cases are increasing. 280,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in England in 2013/14 and this is expected to reach more than 300,000 by 2020, and more than 360,000 by 2030. One in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lives.

Steve Brine, who has campaigned extensively on the issue since being elected to Parliament, said; "With survival rates also increasing each year, more people are living with cancer. The report sets out proposals for how patient experience can be transformed both during and after treatment.  This hike in cancer cases, driven largely by the UK's ageing population, means that NHS cancer services are under unprecedented pressure. Resolving the pressure has been a key focus for the Taskforce and rightly so."

The six strategic priorities are:

  1. A radical upgrade in prevention and public health
  2. A national ambition to achieve earlier diagnosis
  3. Patient experience on a par with clinical effectiveness and safety
  4. Transformation in support for people living with and beyond cancer
  5. Investment to deliver a modern high-quality service
  6. Overhauled processes for commissioning, accountability and provision

Pictured; Dr Singh presenting his taskforce finding.

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