Friday, 1 February 2013

Be Loud Be Clear and let's beat Bowel Cancer

I committed to working with patients and the local NHS to ensure high quality and safe care is secured for all bowel cancer patients in the Makerfield constituency.

At the recent Be Loud Be Clear Parliamentary Reception, Yvonne Fovargue MP heard from both bowel cancer patients and the charity Beating Bowel Cancer about the importance of a good experience for all patients.

I’m happy to sign this pledge and support the principles in any way I can. I shall be working with the local NHS to ensure they are providing the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to treating bowel cancer patients.

Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer told me that they strongly believe that patient experience should be an integral part of the NHS and it is vital that better care is secured for all bowel cancer patients.

Beating Bowel Cancer know of many cases where patients simply aren’t getting the level of care they need. The launch of the Service Pledge will be a measure of how hospitals should be providing a good experience to the bowel cancer patients they treat.

To find out more about bowel cancer and to read the full Service Pledge, please visit the charity’s website 

About bowel cancer 

Bowel Cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer claiming a life every 30 minutes
Over 41,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK
The majority of people diagnosed with the disease are over the age of 50
Bowel cancer is more treatable if spotted and diagnosed early
Over 93 per cent of people diagnosed with bowel cancer at an early stage survive for at least five years compared with less than 7% of those diagnosed at a late stage.

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