Yardley MP Jess Phillips helps launch an All-Party Parliamentary Group inquiry into blood cancer care in the NHS.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer, of which Jess is an officer, has launched an inquiry into blood cancer care in the NHS. The inquiry announced is the first undertaken by the group and will look at all aspects of blood cancer, including awareness, diagnosis, patient experience, commissioning of services and clinical research.
The inquiry will look at the areas of care identified as priorities in the Independent Cancer Taskforce’s Cancer Strategy for England 2015 -2020. It will gain expert opinion from patients, clinicians, researchers and NHS staff, summarising findings and recommendations in a report to be published later this year.
Jess Phillips MP said:
“It’s important that blood cancer patients have the right levels of support before, during and after treatment. Blood cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the UK and the third biggest cancer killer, yet awareness among the general public and policy audiences is very low."
"There are many differences in the patient journey compared to other cancers, and this inquiry will seek to understand more about the care patients are receiving, identify areas of best practice and recommend where improvements are required.”