Macmillan 'welcomes' Conservative cancer survival pledges

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Macmillan Cancer Support has welcomed the Conservatives' manifesto pledges for cancer patients, including changes to improve survival rates.

The Conservatives' policies include a new cancer strategy to improve survival rates and better support for combining health and social care.

The charity has responded to each of the parties' manifestos looking at their commitments to cancer patients.

Dr Fran Woodard, director of policy and research at Macmillan Cancer Support said: "Macmillan Cancer Support welcomes the package of commitments in the Conservative Manifesto which, if implemented, have the ability to make a real difference to the lives of people with cancer in England and their loved ones.

"The Conservative Party have committed to delivering the new cancer strategy to improve survival rates; offering safe and compassionate care where all people are treated with dignity and respect; and supporting commissioners to combine better health and social care services for the terminally ill so that more people are able to die in a place of their choice.

"These are the three areas of cancer care which people with cancer told us mattered most to them this general election, and which Macmillan has been championing with all Westminster parties.

"In addition the Conservative Party have committed to increased support for full-time unpaid carers.

"Macmillan is looking to all political parties to make cancer care a priority in their manifestos.

"We will then be urging whoever wins the election to implement the promises they've made and improve the lives of people with cancer."

Further Reading:

Macmillan ‘welcomes' Labour cancer treatment commitment

Analysis: The Labour manifesto on health

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