Minister addresses Bloodwise campaign launch

Steve Brine spoke about the NHS long-term plan and the ambition to diagnose 75% of all cancers at an early stage during a campaign launch on Parliament on Tuesday 8th January.

The Bloodwise event heard stories from people affected by blood cancer, and the report which was launched contains stories from patient ambassadors setting out their experiences of blood cancer, from diagnosis to where they are today.

Steve, who attended as Public Health Minister, discussed the new NHS long-term plan, which puts improving cancer diagnosis, treatment and personalised support for all cancer patients right at its heart, and sets the clear ambition to see 55,000 more people survive cancer for 5 years or more by 2028.

He said: “Over the next 10 years we will radically overhaul our screening programmes and invest in state of the art technology to transform the process of diagnosis and ensure we do it faster.  The plan will boost our world-class research and innovation, and ensure any ground-breaking treatments are translated quickly into delivery on the NHS frontline.”

He also highlighted increased mental health support and how NHS England has liaised closely with their dedicated cancer charities in developing the plan to ensure that the ambitions it sets out align closely with those of the cancer community.

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