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One Cancer Voice urge Government to address the cancer challenge

Published on: 11 October 2021

In collaboration with 50 other cancer charities, we have written to the Government to ask that they take action at the next Comprehensive Spending Review, and respond urgently to the challenges faced by cancer services.  

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In a letter from the One Cancer Voice group of charities, of which Lymphoma Action is a member, we have asked the Government to review the investment needed to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and care. The letter highlights the key issues that cancer services face, along with the ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term plan that require investment from the Government in order for them to be delivered.

We are asking the Government to take four actions at the spending review:

  • Address gaps in the cancer workforce, and invest in equipment to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and care
  • Level up on cancer to address the issues which mean people from more deprived areas are disproportionately affected by cancer
  • Strengthen investment in cancer research and development
  • Re-commit to the cancer care commitments made in the NHS Long-Term plan of ensuring everyone has access to personalised care, tailored according to their unique needs.

Ahead of the Autumn spending review, we are also asking people to sign this Parliamentary Petition and support our call to the Government for urgent investment in the NHS cancer workforce. 

Sadly, we are all too aware of the impact that COVID-19 has had on cancer services, but it is important to remember that these services were under considerable strain even before the pandemic. As part of One Cancer Voice, we are asking the Government to take action, not only to address the challenges caused by the events of the past 18 months, but to invest in the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan to meet the needs of patients and their loved ones now and in the future. 

Ropinder Gill, Chief Executive of Lymphoma Action