Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

05/09/05 MP PLEDGES SUPPORT TO END TRAVEL COSTS FOR CANCER PATIE

MPs recently heard how cancer patients are being forced to bear often crippling additional costs in order to access vital NHS treatment and pledged to add their support to ‘A Better Deal’ campaign.

Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire attended a MacMillan Cancer Relief reception which highlighted the huge financial costs for cancer patients travelling to, and parking at, hospitals for often life-saving treatment – such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy – which is now most often delivered on a day patient basis. She pledged her support to end burdensome travel costs for cancer patients.

Rosie Cooper MP said:

“I am horrified that cancer patients are paying hundred of pounds to pay for hospital travel and that Hospital Travel Costs Scheme which is meant to help is not advertised to patients or sufficiently wide reaching to help all those that need it.”

Peter Cardy, Chief Executive, MacMillan Cancer Relief, added:

"It is outrageous that cancer patients should have the added stress of trying to find the money to travel to their life-saving treatment, as if having cancer isn’t stressful enough. That is why MacMillan is calling on the Government to allow all cancer patients to get help with travel costs. We’re grateful for Rosie Cooper’s support in ensuring a better deal for cancer patients.”

People affected by cancer can get more information about the financial help available to them by calling the Better Deal campaign hotline free on 0800 500 800 or logging onto www.macmillan.org.uk/betterdeal 

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