Our policy on national cancer plans

The World Health Organisation states that each nation should have a cancer plan to set policy direction and allocate resources for cancer services.

We believe that national cancer plans are a very useful tool to focus and drive improvements in cancer services. To continue to improve cancer outcomes, and to make our outcomes among the best in the world in the coming years, comprehensive cancer plans that set national direction need to be maintained and resources dedicated to help beat cancer.

Each UK nation and region has a cancer strategy or plan aimed at improving cancer services. The plans are all unique, published at different times and are now at different stages of implementation.

The Coalition Government in England published Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer in January 2011. It is currently being implemented and covers the period from 2011-2015. We are currently developing our position on the role of the strategy in the reformed NHS and where the cancer strategy should go from 2015 onwards.

The Scottish Government published Better Cancer Care in 2008 and we act as a key stakeholder in monitoring and driving forward its aims. The strategy is currently being refreshed.

The Welsh Assembly Government published Together for Health in 2012. We are monitoring the implementation of the plan.

The Northern Irish Assembly published the Cancer Control Plan in 2008. We are monitoring implementation and progress against this strategy.


Cancer Research UK response to the Cancer Taskforce call for evidence

February 2015

Download response [PDF]


Improving cancer outcomes: An analysis of the implementation of the UK’s cancer strategies

Cancer Research UK has appraised the implementation of the UK’s cancer strategies, to identify gaps and differences between the nations.


Download executive summary and recommendations [PDF]

Download report [PDF]


Contact us

Get in touch with our policy team to find out more information about our policy on NHS cancer services.

Call our policy team for more information.

020 3469 8360 

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