Wednesday 16 October 2019 / 12:02 AM Health

Richards’ review on cancer screening – Hodgson responds

Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, responding to Professor Sir Mike Richards’ review on cancer screening, said:

“The government has been sitting on its hands for long enough when it comes to improving early cancer diagnosis and outcomes in the UK and should now seize the opportunities outlined by Professor Sir Mike Richards.

“Patients need greater choice and easier access to screening programmes so that cancer can be detected earlier.

“But what must not be forgotten is that the government are still yet to publish their cancer workforce strategy and have failed to outline how they will recruit and retain NHS staff to keep up with cancer technology developments.

“Only Labour can be trusted to invest in our NHS, its workforce and technology.”

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Notes to Editors:

  • The review released today (Wednesday) recommended:

o   Across all screening programmes, patients should receive results within a standard timetable

o   Establishing a single advisory body, bringing together the current functions of the UK National Screening Committee on population screening and NICE on screening for people at elevated risk of serious conditions

o   NHS England to become the single body responsible for commissioning and delivery of screening services, ending any existing confusion on who does what

o   Breast screening providers should aim to invite people at 34-month intervals after their previous appointment so that all participants can be screened within 36 months