West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper signed up her support for the Radiotherapy4Life campaign on World Cancer Day last Tuesday.
Many people are surprised to learn that Radiotherapy is one of the country’s most important cancer cures with a staggering 1 in 4 of us needing it at some point in our lives. But the service is on the verge of crisis.
Analysis by the campaign shows that 24,000 patients across the UK are likely to be missing out on radiotherapy each year, advanced radiotherapy is being restricted, NHS Trusts are having to cope with a perverse internal costing model that incentivises them to treat ‘less effectively, more often’, and there is a massive need for urgent investment in new equipment and more trained clinicians.
Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“I am supporting the Radiotherapy4Life campaign and was pleased to join other MPs in Parliament and call on the Prime Minister to work with Ministers to ensure that the country has the world class patient centred radiotherapy service that it needs and deserves.
“With the government’s welcome push to increase early diagnosis, the demand for radiotherapy is set to increase. The need for investment and better commissioning of radiotherapy has never been greater.
“Radiotherapy is an integral part of cancer care for many cancer patients. Recent investment in new machines for the NHS is welcome, however further investment is essential to address the demand for this life-changing treatment.”