Following a three-month long inquiry led by local MP Tim Farron, to which the RCR submitted evidence, a cross-party group of backbench MPs have released a report which finds the provision of radiotherapy services across the UK is so poor that people are potentially missing out on the cancer treatment they need.
Commenting on the report, Dr Jeanette Dickson, Vice President for Clinical Oncology said:
“The RCR welcomes the APPG’s report and its recognition of the vital role of radiotherapy in cancer care. Cancer is one of the core pillars of the NHS Long Term Plan, and modern, adequately funded radiotherapy services will be integral to achieving the Plan’s ambitious targets.
“We fully support the goal of the APPGRT to promote a wider understanding of the value of radiotherapy, as well as the need for centralised investment to ensure a world-class service.
“Providing sustainable radiotherapy services will require rolling investment in equipment and immediate measures to address shortages across the entire cancer workforce. Investment in IT infrastructure is also essential to guarantee interconnectivity and underpin the newly established radiotherapy networks.
“The RCR will continue to support the APPG as they strive to ensure that all patients have access to live-saving radiotherapy treatment.”