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John Healey MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary said in response to the Government's newly announced cancer diagnoses strategy:

“Any new plans to ensure early detection to save lives from cancer are of course welcome but the biggest concern for patients is finding out whether they need treatment. The Tory-led government has scrapped Labour’s pledge to diagnose patients with cancer within one week, which experts say could save 10,000 lives a year - twice what the strategy announced today aims to do.” 

Emily Thornberry MP, Labour's Shadow Social Care Minister, said:

“Much of today's cancer strategy is welcome as it builds on what Labour achieved in government, but the public will be deeply concerned that it comes with a short sell-by date. If the NHS goes through the high cost, high risk reorganisation Andrew Lansley has planned, then today's initiatives will be largely irrelevant by the end of 2012.”

“It will cause massive confusion, with for example a woman going into her GP in 18 months time with a lump on her breast not knowing if she will get cancer care through her GP Consortia, the local cancer network, the National Commissioning Board, or the Health Secretary's latest wheeze a consortia of GP consortia. Such confusion will lead to precious time being lost which cancer patients simply can’t afford.”

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