CUTBACKS are affecting the care lung cancer patients are receiving.
Concerned about this, Annette Brooke, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, recently met with lung cancer nurse specialists in Parliament.
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation (RCLCF) and the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses (NLCFN) has published a report showing that despite clear evidence of better outcomes for patients if they received care from a lung cancer nurse specialist, many patients do not receive care from lung cancer nurse specialists.
After meeting with lung cancer nurse specialists at an event in Parliament organised by RCLCF and NLFCN, Annette Brooke MP said: “I was very pleased to have the opportunity to meet with lung cancer nurse specialists, who know first-hand how important it is that people with lung cancer receive the care they need. Thousands of people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year and the care lung cancer nurse specialists provide is invaluable.”
“Yet, despite the wealth of evidence showing the benefits of receiving care from a lung cancer nurse specialist, there are not enough lung cancer nurse specialists to make sure all patients receive the highest possible quality of care. Indeed, in some areas, patients never see a lung cancer nurse specialist.”
“We must ensure that every lung cancer patient can see a lung cancer nurse specialist at every stage of their care and treatment. We cannot allow finances to compromise patient care.”
“I will be urging local services to ensure that patients with lung cancer are able to access lung cancer nurse specialists, to give them the best possible care to cope with the impact of the disease.”