Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Stephen Lloyd is backing Macmillan Cancer Support’s campaign for all patients to be treated with the highest levels of dignity and respect, and for NHS staff to be supported to do so.
At an event in Parliament, Mr Lloyd met people affected by cancer who shared their own experience and raised the importance of being listened to throughout their journey.
“Every person diagnosed with cancer should be treated with dignity and respect and not as a set of symptoms,” said Mr Lloyd.
“NHS staff work incredibly hard to deliver high quality care in challenging circumstances. However, as Macmillan’s report shows, there is still room for improvement to tackle cases of poor care and staff disengagement.
“I met with Mr Warren, an Eastbourne constituent, who had been through the whole process of being diagnosed with cancer and, thankfully, treated successfully. He told me though, the reason he was supporting the Macmillan initiative is that some elements of his care, particularly around the lack of joined up communication between the different NHS departments dealing with him had, at times, made it difficult.
“Since moving to Eastbourne the ongoing monitoring and care given from the DGH and his local GP, he says, has been excellent which is good news.”
Macmillan’s new report ‘The people behind cancer care – Patient and Staff stories’ emphasises the importance of putting people at the heart of cancer care by hearing from cancer patients and staff alike.
Visit www.macmillan.org.uk to find out more about the report, and cancer support available in the area.