1. ITV Report

Cancer care in Wales aims to be ‘amongst the best in Europe’

The Welsh Government’s Cancer Delivery Plan pledges to continue improving cancer survival rates, reduce early death caused by the disease and to close the gap with the best cancer care providers in Europe.

Early death from cancer has gone down by around 14% in the last decade. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The plan commits to delivering better results for lung cancer patients, as well as improving the diagnosis process in order to increase early detection of cancer.

It will also ensure that cancer patients in Wales receive the highest standard of care from the NHS.

Despite all of this, there's always more to do to ensure that we deliver the best possible cancer care for people here in Wales, this is paramount.

I want to ensure that those people who have any form of the disease have access to exceptional treatment throughout their experience. Our renewed Together for Health - Cancer Delivery Plan, first published in 2012, clearly outlines the actions we are going to take to improve cancer survival rates.

It's our vision for the future - our commitment, in writing, to ensuring we are amongst the best in Europe for our cancer care. People in Wales deserve nothing less.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary

Cancer survival rates in Wales have increased year on year, while early death from the disease has gone down by around 14% in the last decade.

A cancer diagnosis can affect so many parts of a person's life so we are pleased the plan commits to people being offered a key worker, a needs assessment and a care plan as well as information on where to access welfare benefits advice.

It is also good to see the plan's commitment to repeating cancer patient experience surveys, which capture people with cancer's views on their care and can support health boards to share best practice and pinpoint where improvements are needed.

– Susan Morris, Macmillan Cancer Support