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Bloodwise’s recommendations for NHS England's long-term plan

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08 Oct 2018

The Government recently announced a ‘birthday gift’ to the NHS of an extra £20 billion a year until 2023 as part of a new ten-year plan. As a result, the NHS is currently planning for its future. Bloodwise, along with other charities, was invited to submit policy recommendations to NHS England to inform the long-term plan.

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Bloodwise submitted these recommendations to NHS England in September 2018:

  1. NHS England needs to ensure that access to, and funding, for the very latest drugs and treatments are central to the long-term plan

  2. NICE and NHS England need to review the mechanisms for appraising blood cancer treatments so that it does not discriminate against therapies with small patient numbers or early-stage data and better utilises real world clinical data

  3. People living with blood cancer should be able to access specific emotional and psychological support

  4. Blood cancer should be included in the cancer dashboard

  5. NHS England should progress with a vague symptoms pathway and Recommendation 22 of the 2015 Cancer Strategy which proposed a self referral process, via a nurse telephone triage, in cases of suspected cancer

Read more about the long-term cancer plan and our recommendations in full.

 

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