Macmillan Cancer Support responds to publication in full of NHS England Long-Term Plan

Responding to the publication in full of the NHS England Long-Term Plan, Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:

“This plan gives us confidence that providing high-quality cancer treatment and care will continue to be a priority for the NHS, thanks to the significant focus on cancer. We welcome the specific measures it puts in place to ensure earlier diagnosis, improved survival outcomes and the focus on personalised care to ensure everyone with cancer gets the right support, which meets their needs.

“However, in order to be able to deliver on these ambitions, priority needs to be given urgently to developing the right health and care workforce, with the right skills, to support people living with cancer into the future.

“It is essential that we build on the ambitious foundations of the Long Term Plan and put in place a fully funded strategy for the workforce that will deliver truly world-class cancer care, which patients deserve.”


For further information, please contact:

Mike Tighe, Senior Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support

020 7840 4644 (out of hours 07801 307068)

Notes to Editors:

Please find more detail on the status of the current cancer nursing and support workforce in Macmillan’s Census of the Cancer Workforce.

About Macmillan Cancer Support

Being told ‘you have cancer’ can affect so much more than your health — it can also affect your family, your job, even your ability to pay the bills. But you’re still you. We get that. And, after over 100 years of helping people through cancer, we get what’s most important: that you’re treated as a person, not just a patient.

It’s why we’ll take the time to understand you and all that matters to you, so we can help you get the support you need to take care of your health, protect your personal relationships and deal with money and work worries.

We’re here to help you find your best way through from the moment of diagnosis, so you’re able to live life as fully as you can. For information, support or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit

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