Tuesday, 27 April 2010

One-week cancer diagnosis with Labour

At the heart of Labour’s vision for the future of the NHS is our policy of guarantees. People know they have a right to be treated by the NHS fast – or the NHS will pay for you to go private. One of Labour’s key commitments on the NHS is to guarantee a 1 week cancer diagnosis.

As a result of Labour’s plans, more than 1.5 million people will be seen more quickly and get their cancer test results more quickly. Independent experts have identified that between 5,000 and 10,000 lives could be saved each year through a greater focus on early diagnosis and rapid treatment.

Labour’s Yvonne Fovargue has called on her Tory opponent in Makerfield to back Labour’s one week cancer guarantee. Yvonne said, “With Labour, the NHS already guarantees that if your GP thinks you may have cancer, you will see a specialist within two weeks, and that you will get hospital treatment within 18 weeks. Now, we will go further, and guarantee access to diagnostic tests for cancer, with results, within just one week. That means that 1.5million people will be guaranteed faster access to cancer tests under Labour. Experts say that this will save up to 10,000 lives a year."

“The Tories say they are the party of the NHS but in fact they will scrap all of Labour’s targets and guarantees in the NHS.”