£4 billion for NHS cancer treatments

1 Jan 2024
Chris in front of medical practice

The Liberal Democrats would give cancer patients a new legal right to treatment within two months of an urgent referral, to make sure you get the care that you deserve.

Latest NHS figures show that both Royal Surrey and the Surrey & Sussex NHS Trusts are failing far below the governments’ target to start treatment within 62 days of referral.

The Liberal Democrats plan to invest an extra £4 billion in NHS cancer treatment over the next five years includes new radiotherapy machines, cutting the time for new medicines to reach patients, a new cancer research law, and better support for cancer patients and their families.

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, Chris Coghlan said:

“Everyone knows someone whose life has been turned upside down by cancer. Far too many people are still waiting far too long for a diagnosis, or to start treatment after being diagnosed.

“Our ambitious plan will help to end unacceptable cancer delays and boost survival rates. It is part of an integrated vision for the NHS and social care services which includes a right to see a GP within a week and expanding NHS dentistry so people aren’t forced to pay for private dental treatment.”

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