We need to properly address workforce and capital concerns to drive up cancer performance

16 October 2019

 

Responding to The independent review of adult screening programmes in England by Sir Mike Richards, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:

“This is an important and welcome review of NHS cancer screening programmes by Sir Mike Richards.

“The NHS has an ambitious target to save 55,000 more lives in a decade by catching cancer earlier. We know that more people are waiting longer for cancer treatment. Delays for patients starting treatment can have a real and severe impact on the options available to them and how effective it is.

“It is a fact that demand for NHS cancer services will continue to rise. There is more that the NHS can do to make access to screening services easier and more convenient. While this will play a big part in improving outcomes, we also need to make sure we have the specialist workforce, equipment and treatments in place.

 

It is a fact that demand for NHS cancer services will continue to rise. There is more that the NHS can do to make access to screening services easier and more convenient. While this will play a big part in improving outcomes, we also need to make sure we have the specialist workforce, equipment and treatments in place.

Saffron Cordery    Deputy Chief Executive

 

“Scheduling more screening services on evenings and weekends, and in more locations is a step to improve access. But to properly run these services we need to address severe workforce shortages. Trusts are struggling to ensure they have the range of specialists required not only to carry out screening tests but also report the outcomes quickly enough.

 

Scheduling more screening services on evenings and weekends, and in more locations is a step to improve access. But to properly run these services we need to address severe workforce shortages.

Saffron Cordery    Deputy Chief Executive

 

“This review also calls for a dedicated capital fund to replace outdated screening equipment. While the initial £200m investment announced recently by the prime minister is a welcome start, we need a long term approach to ensure that trusts have access to the funding they need to replace equipment and invest in cancer services to meet this growing demand.”

 

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