The NHS is on-track to transform cancer services in England by 2020/21, according to a report published today by NHS England’s National Cancer Programme.

The report details the investment the NHS is making in cancer transformation, such as:

  • Modernisation of radiotherapy equipment throughout the country, including £130m invested over 2016-2018 for new and upgraded radiotherapy equipment
  • New models of care introduced to ensure cancer is diagnosed earlier and improve survival, including £200m over the next two years to accelerate diagnosis and enhance patients’ quality of life. Five pilot sites in England are testing a new faster diagnosis standard ensuring patients receive a cancer diagnosis or an ‘all clear’ within 28 days.
  • Establishment of 19 Cancer Alliances across England to bring together clinical leaders, healthcare workers, patients and charities for better coordination of care.

This is the second year of a five year programme to implement the cancer strategy aimed at delivering world-class cancer services across England.

Read the NHS press release here

Read the progress report here: Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes – Progress Report 2016-17