The Cancer Reform Strategy (CRS) builds on the progress made since the 2000 NHS Cancer Plan and sets a clear direction for cancer services for the next five years. It shows how by 2012 our cancer services can and should become among the best in the world. The CRS provides advice and support to local commissioners and providers on how to deliver high quality, cost-effective cancer services. It sets out a programme of action across ten areas: six areas to improve cancer outcomes and four to ensure delivery. Download the Cancer Reform Strategy document or access further information about the Cancer Reform Strategy from the Department of Health website.
The Cancer Reform Strategy contains a pledge to patients in ten points. These are:
- More will be done to help you to reduce your risk of developing cancer
- There will be an increased likelihood of your cancer being detected earlier
- You will have access to high quality treatment at every stage of your cancer journey
- Whether you are living with or beyond your cancer, high quality information and support, tailored to your personal needs, will be available
- Irrespective of who you are or what your background is, the NHS will work to give you access to the best possible cancer experience and outcomes
- Your care will be delivered in the most clinically appropriate and convenient setting for you
- You will be able to access information about the performance of your cancer services, enabling you to make informed choices which reflect your priorities
- Your PCT will be supported in ensuring that the best possible cancer services are available for you
- Your NHS cancer services will continue to be properly funded
We will keep striving to improve the quality of cancer services available
For more information about how these pledges will be met, please see the full Cancer Reform Strategy Report.