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Tories plan new cancer strategy

3rd October 2007

The Conservatives have unveiled plans that would place the UK among the first countries in Europe to introduce effective new cancer treatments.

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In a speech to the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool, shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley says he wants to boost cancer survival rates by up to 100 lives a day.

Proclaiming the Tories as the party of the NHS, he said it was a disgrace that UK survival rates were so low.

Mr Lansley said the UK needed a new cancer strategy for promoting prevention, awareness of symptoms, early diagnosis and rapid treatment.

He added: “It is a scandal that we are the leading European centre for cancer research - funded not least by donations from the British public - and yet Britain is amongst the lowest and slowest in Europe in the take-up of new cancer treatments.?

The Conservatives, he said, would ensure that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) would appraise new cancer drugs when they are licensed to enable the UK to be among the first countries in Europe to introduce effective new treatments.

Other measures he announced included plans to introduce a “search and destroy strategy? to combat hospital infections and moves to improve care for stroke patients, with an increased emphasis on services such as physiotherapy.

He said the NHS was his number one priority, claiming Labour had lost the trust and support of NHS staff.

“I believe we can now say with confidence that the Conservative Party is the party of the NHS,? said Mr Lansley.

 

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