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Tuesday 24th April 2018

One-to-one cancer care promised

8th February 2010

Gordon Brown has promised to provide cancer patients with free nursing at home if Labour succeeds in winning the next election.

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In a speech to the King's Fund, the Prime Minister outlined plans which would allow patients to receive care at home, rather than in hospital.

Services offered to patients would include chemotherapy, dialysis and palliative care. Labour said this could save £2.5 billion annually by cutting down the number of people admitted to hospital.

However, the Conservatives were critical of the plans and argued that bringing in the new proposals might cost £100 million.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: "We support the principle of giving every cancer patient their own nurse. But I am surprised that Labour are able to find money to fund this new pledge when they are planning to cut the NHS budget."

Gordon Brown also said reforms to social care would take place. In his weekly podcast he explained that it was not "fair" for people to have to sell their houses or use their life savings to pay for care as they got older.

He explained that he was "proud" to announce a new type of social care which would help many families.

He added: "In health, our support means offering guarantees, not gambles - including treatment within 18 weeks and being seen by a cancer specialist within two. We'll also ensure everyone has dignity and security in their old age."


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