Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team are concerned to hear a warning today from a coalition of 40 cancer charities that Government plans to improve cancer care across England could fail because of lack of funding and a postcode lottery of services. The charities pose “serious concerns” about implementation of the Cancer Reform Strategy launched last year, although the government has stressed they were committed to implementing the strategy. PRimage is aware that Health Secretary Alan Johnson has already announced £370m investment by 2010 to underpin the five-year plan – with proposals that include speeding up drug approval, more money for radiotherapy services and a possible clampdown on sunbeds and cigarette vending machines
As a specialist healthcare communications company, PRimage ofen comment and lobby on cancer issues – and it is a subject that PRimage MD, Judy Viitanen has personal experience with, having nursed her first husband with terminal bowel cancer. Cancer survival in the UK is still below the European average, despite recent improvements …. so we hope that Mr Johnson and his ministers take due note of the coalition’s concerns and warnings!