Cancer services in England
It is vital that the NHS works well for cancer patients. We therefore monitor and analyse the state of cancer services in the NHS, and call for improvements to ensure cancer patients get the best care possible. For example, we regularly monitor cancer waiting times that are published across the UK as these are an indicator of NHS performance.
In England, we are calling on the Government to increase investment and support in cancer services to ensure that the NHS can meet the rising patient demand, so that our cancer outcomes can match the best in the world.
In September 2014, we published a report “Measuring up? The health of NHS cancer services” (below). This report analysed state of cancer services following years of financial constraint and the biggest re-structure in the NHS’s history. It found that while services have coped well with rising demand, cracks are starting to appear, and a number of challenges were reported, including:
- A lack of capacity to respond to rising demand;
- The loss of national and local leadership and infrastructure;
- Fragmentation of commissioning across the patient pathway;
- Variation in understanding of roles and responsibilities of new NHS organisations
We continue to keep a close eye on developments across the UK.
Cancer Research UK response to the NHS Mandate consultation
Measuring up? The health of NHS cancer services
An evaluation of the current state of cancer services in England, which builds on our 2012 report
Cancer Services: Reverse, Pause or Progress?
The NHS reforms and efficiency savings: an early assessment of the impact on cancer services in England
Delivering world-leading cancer services
Part one: An analysis of the funding context for cancer services in England
Part two: expert opinions on the changes required to bridge the outcomes gap with comparable countries
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