Friday 13 September 2019 / 12:01 AM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Cancer patients ‘missing out on care’ as nurses struggle with workload – Ashworth responds

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Macmillan Cancer Support’s report on specialist nurses struggling with workload, said

“This report is concerning, especially when we saw this week that the UK is lagging behind other countries on cancer survival. There are chronic staff shortages across the NHS, including over 40,000 nurses.

“We’ve even heard of Trusts exploring whether to close chemotherapy units because of a lack of specialist nurses. Ministers must get a grip of this situation – patients with cancer deserve the very best quality care and this government is failing them.”

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Notes to Editors

  • Macmillan Cancer Support’s report published today (Friday 13th September) shows that cancer patients are missing out on vital care as specialist nurses struggle with huge workloads.
  • One in five (22 per cent) of 260 cancer nurse specialists surveyed by the charity said they have taken annual leave to undertake training, while 39 per cent described their workload as unmanageable.
  • Some 44 per cent said their workload was having a negative impact on patient care.