7 January 2019

Responding to the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care, says:

“This long-overdue plan barely scratches the surface of the huge challenges facing the stretched NHS. While it offers a glimmer of hope for future improvements in cancer care, the promised changes are impossible to deliver without first tackling the ongoing workforce crisis.

“The Government and NHS England have overlooked a clear opportunity to address shocking nursing shortages despite two thirds (66%) of NHS Trusts in England not providing a dedicated nurse for people with incurable breast cancer to help them live well.1 It is incredibly disappointing that after being delayed this plan still falls short.

“Health Education England’s workforce plan is now desperately needed, falling over six months behind schedule. With more and more women being diagnosed with breast cancer fundamental care and support must be in place, and this starts with urgent investment to recruit and train a skilled cancer nursing and support workforce.”

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Notes to editors

1 Figures from a Breast Cancer Care Freedom of Information request undertaken between 15 August 2018 and 5 October 2018.

For further information, please contact:

Sophie Softley Pierce, Breast Cancer Care; 020 7960 3505 (out of hours 07702 901 334); sophie.pierce@breastcancercare.org.uk

About Breast Cancer Care

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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