Cancer Charities Call For Overhaul Of Services

An alliance of Welsh cancer charities has called for an overhaul of cancer services and policies. The six charities believe their manifesto demands are the only way to create world-class services for patients in Wales.

The want the next Welsh Assembly Government to develop a one-stop comprehensive cancer plan outlining how services will be developed and can improve. They also want to make the cancer journey better for patients by allowing everyone a choice in where they are treated and where they die.

The manifesto comes after cancer services were heavily criticised by the National Assembly’s health and social services committee.

The alliance’s manifesto – drawn up by Breast Cancer Care Cymru, Cancer Care Cymru, Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Tenovus – aims to address the key issues “facing people in Wales in relation to cancer services”.

A spokesman for the Welsh Assembly Government said, “Tackling cancer and improving cancer services is one of the Assembly Government’s top health commitments. Key to this is the emphasis we place on prevention through encouraging healthier lifestyles and highlighting how people’s actions can have an impact on their long-term health.”