One Cancer Voice: 12 point plan to restore and transform cancer services
COVID-19 is an unprecedented crisis which has had a profound impact on health and care services across the UK and will continue to have an impact for the months and years to come. To guide the restoration of services, 25 cancer charities have come together and developed this document to set out a ‘12-point plan’, supported by available data and intelligence, for what we believe the health service in England will need to do to enable cancer services to recover from the pandemic.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in the UK, and cancer doesn’t stop because of a pandemic. Before COVID-19 there were around 306,000 new cases of cancer in England each year, and sadly, around 135,000 deaths. Swift access to the most effective treatment remains as important as ever for survival, and ensuring someone with cancer has a personalised, holistic experience of their care remains essential for quality of life. The ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan remain critical if we are to see cancer early diagnosis, survival and care in this country match that of the best performing countries.