Cancer care praise for hospitals

Cancer patient Susan Manser
Cancer patient Susan Manser has been sharing her opinons on patient care Photo:

The results of a new national survey show overall treatment has improved with an average 88% of patients rating their care as very good or excellent.

However there were areas which scored low in criteria such as people being offered a written care plan. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced the findings of the survey during a visit to Portsmouth's Queen Alexandra Hospital - which was the most improved trust in the country.

Three South East hospital trusts were also in the top ten - praised as among the best in the country for the treatment of cancer patients. East Kent, Medway and West Sussex were all singled out by the Department of Health.

But a leading cancer charity is warning that it will 'name and shame' other NHS Trusts which are falling below 'acceptable standards'.

In his report Iain McBride speaks to cancer patient Susan Manser who is being treated at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham in Kent; Sarah Bracknell a lead cancer nurse; Jacqueline McKenna, Director of Nursing; and Mike Hobday from Macmillan Cancer Support.