Four of our region's Hospital Trusts are included in a list of the top ten most improved trusts for their treatment of cancer patients in the country. The revelation comes in the second national cancer patient experience survey. Seventy thousand people took part.
The Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, the East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Medway NHS Foundation Trust were all in the top ten most improved organisations.
The announcement was made by the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley at Portsmouth's Queen Alexandra Hospital.
*"We want an NHS which puts patients at the heart of everything, with a focus on the outcomes which matter most to people. This survey shows we are heading in the right direction. *
*"An improved patient experience for cancer patients is fantastic news and I would like to thank those doctors and nurses who have worked tirelessly to improve standards of care. *
** ***"Where Trusts are doing less well, I would urge them to look at what patients are telling them and take action so that cancer care best practice is adopted across the whole of the NHS." *
A cancer patient care survey has found that Portsmouth is the most improved area. However other places in the region have not done as well.
Cancer patients in the South have been voicing their opinions on the provision and quality of care and treatment in the region.