The care given to cancer patients has improved more in Portmsouth than anywhere else in the country. A survey of patients with the disease has found:
- 94% were treated with dignity, a rise from 93% last year.
- 83% said they were seen by a hospital doctor quickly - compared with 81% in 2011
- 84% said they were given a choice of different types of cancer treatment
- And nine in 10 patients believed they were given clear answers by healthcare specialists.
But the survey of more than 70,000 people revealed that many hospitals in our region are performing below the national average. So what can be done to bring care in line with the rest of the country? Martin Dowse reports.