16 January 2019

Responding to the decision by the Department of Health and Social Care to give the Cancer Patient Experience Survey permanent exemption from the national data opt-out – beyond the current exemption for the period 18/19 – Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care, says:

“We are delighted the Government has listened to the concerns of cancer charities and made the important decision to continue the Cancer Patient Experience Survey. This is an extremely encouraging sign that patients will be placed at the heart of NHS plans – crucial to ensuring that everyone receives the best care possible.

“This survey is our most comprehensive and incredibly valuable tool for gathering a national picture of the state of care for people with breast cancer, from diagnosis through to finishing hospital treatment and beyond.

“We now look forward to working with the Government and NHS to ensure the commitment to improve the experience of people with cancer in the NHS Long Term Plan becomes a reality.”

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For further information please contact Breast Cancer Care's Press Office on press@breastcancercare.org.uk or 0345 092 0807.

About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer. We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.

Today, we continue to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support across the UK.

From the moment someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, we’re there to help people affected by breast cancer feel more in control. www.breastcancercare.org.uk