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Government announces five-year plan to boost cancer services

4th December 2007

The government has launched a new five-year plan designed to enhance cancer services available in the NHS.

It reports that this new NHS Cancer Reform Strategy includes a number of proposals to enhance cancer care and tackle cancer, marking the largest review of such services since the Cancer Plan of 2000.

The plan will be supported by 370 million pounds of investment by 2010, with a planned transformation in all areas of cancer care, including prevention, diagnoses, treatment and aftercare, with a focus on extended screening, speedier treatment and fast-track drug approval.

Alan Johnson, health secretary, said: “Today I have pledged that NHS cancer services will do even more for patients.

“More to help reduce the risk of developing cancer, more to ensure access to high quality treatment and more to deliver care in the most clinically appropriate and convenient setting for patients.”

He added that cancer charities, patients and clinicians all concur that cancer care has seen a significant improvement in the past decade as a result of investment and successful reform.

In June 2007, the BBC reported that NHS Forth Valley’s Cancer Strategy report had revealed an improvement in cancer waiting times on the health service, with diagnosis and the start of treatment within the 62-day national target.

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