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The Telegraph reports on the speech that the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, gave at the Britain Against Cancer Conference last week, where he pledged to hire an additional 500 cancer specialists into the NHS. He also unveiled plans to speed up cancer diagnosis to improve survival rates.
Mr Hunt is quoted in the article, saying “We want to save more lives and to do that we need more specialists who can investigate and diagnose cancer quickly. These extra specialists will go a long way to help the NHS save an extra 30,000 lives by 2020.”
However, also at the Britain Against Cancer Conference, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC) commented that NHS England would ‘struggle’ to achieve the ambitious plans to improve cancer care, as stated in the Cancer Strategy.
The Mail reports that 43% of doctors, nurses and other specialists did not have enough time to talk to or comfort cancer patients, with some ‘highly qualified’ radiographers even being put in charge of reception desks.