Health Secretary, Steve Barclay, has announced that Government will not be publishing the 10 Year Cancer Plan which was expected last year. This is hugely disappointing to the many cancer charities that have worked on its development. Instead, Government will publish an interim 5 year Major Conditions Strategy later this year, of which cancer will be only one part.
In the words of One Cancer Voice which has appealed to the Prime Minister ‘We are devastated to have gone from anticipating a detailed 10 year strategy, dedicated wholly to transforming us into a ‘world-leading’ force in cancer care, to one part in a strategy spanning a huge range of conditions.’ (Response from Helen Whately MP Minister of State for Care of 6 Feb. 2023 in response to letter from Once Cancer Voice to Steve Barclay of 21 Sep. 2022.)