NHS to prioritise early cancer detection and survival
Cancer diagnosis will be made faster and more accurate with new technology to improve detection and survival, Matt Hancock announces
In January, the NHS Long Term Plan set the ambition for three-quarters of all cancers to be detected at an early stage and 55,000 more people surviving cancer for 5 years each year by 2028. The Implementation Framework, agreed by the NHS and laid in Parliament today, provides a blueprint for how this will be achieved at a local level. The one-year metric will be used to measure progress.
Matt Hancock said:
“Early detection and diagnosis are essential to improving a person’s chance of survival from cancer.
“Since 2010, cancer survival has improved year-on-year but, historically, our survival rates have lagged behind the best-performing countries in Europe. In our Long Term Plan for the NHS, we set out a clear ambition to resolve this – and this framework sets out a step-by-step blueprint for local leaders to make that a reality.
“I am determined that our cancer care will not be just good enough, but truly world-class and today I have set out how we will do just that.”