Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has given his backing to One Cancer Voice’s 12-point plan for restoration, recovery and transformation of cancer services after the COVID-19 crisis.
One Cancer Voice brings together 25 major UK cancer charities. Together, they have developed a 12-point evidence-based plan to begin to address the complex challenges that the country faces to get cancer services back on track as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.
The pandemic has put many life-saving research programmes on hold, caused many cancer patients to have their treatments postponed, and left thousands more people with cancer undiagnosed.
The 12-point plan addresses how the Government and others should build a national plan to get services back on track.
At Health Questions in the House of Commons this week, Gwynne urged Health Minister Jo Churchill to look at the plan to ensure that cancer services, research and patients are not forgotten during this crisis. The Minister said she would be delighted to look at the plan.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic is obviously an absolute priority, but it’s essential that we ensure that cancer – the leading cause of death in the UK – is not forgotten.
“This 12-point plan is a great blueprint for getting our cancer services back to the place where they need to be.
“I am very glad that the Minister told me in Parliament this week that she will look at the plan, as it’s essential that we move quickly to restore cancer services and save lives.”