Number of cancer patients in UK soared by 20 per cent in five years
Macmillan Cancer Support has also revealed that some three million people in the UK will be living with cancer in 2020, representing a spike of 500,000 more patients than in 2015.
The charity added that patient care is taking a hit due to staff shortages and urged politicians to prioritise the recruitment of nurses within the NHS.
Their analysis revealed that on average every 90 seconds, someone is told they have cancer and that 35,000 will be diagnosed between now and the election on December 12th.
Lynda Thomas, the charity’s chief executive, said “More and more people are hearing the life-changing news that they have cancer, as a time when the NHS desperately needs additional doctors and nurses.
“Ultimately, this is whipping up a perfect storm which needs to be taken seriously as a day-one priority by party leaders.
“I constantly hear heart breaking stories from patients who are so grateful for their healthcare professionals but often don’t want to add to their workload with their needs or concerns.
“We need decision makers across the UK to priorities funding and put in place the right plans, to ensure we have a cancer workforce fit for purpose both now and in the future.”
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