The next Labour government will ensure that NHS patients in England will wait no longer than one week for cancer tests and results by 2020. Early diagnosis is a critical tool in the fight against cancer and this pledge could make a huge difference to those at risk from the disease.
The cancer test guarantee will be made possible by £750 million of new investment over five years, raised through a new levy on tobacco firms which make huge profits from their products which cause so much ill-health.
Andrew Gwynne has also backed Ed Miliband’s ambition for our health service to have the best cancer survival rates in Europe, which could save up to 10,000 lives a year. The number of people waiting too long to get cancer tests are going up in England. In August this year, more than ten thousand patients waited longer than six weeks for cancer tests compared to five thousand in the same month last year.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Like most people here I’m fed up of this government undermining and underfunding our health service. The staff at Tameside and Stepping Hill do a great job but they need our help if the NHS is going to meet the health challenges of the 21st century.
“That’s why I’m backing Labour’s pledge to guarantee that NHS patients in England will wait no longer than one week for cancer tests and results by 2020. Early diagnosis means treatment is more likely to be successful so this is an essential pledge if we’re going to lead the fight against cancer and save countless lives in our area.”