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The Government is planning sweeping cuts to the funding of England’s 28 Cancer Networks, which play a vital role in improving the quality of care for cancer patients.

This was revealed today, in a Parliamentary debate on cancer care.

In response to a question from Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, the Care Minister Paul Burstow MP confirmed that the indicative funding budget for all clinical networks in future is £10 million.

In 2012/13, the funding for cancer networks alone was £18.5 million.   

Liz Kendall said:

“The Health Secretary Andrew Lansley promised to protect funding for cancer networks.

“But today the Government has confirmed what Labour and many organisations that work with cancer patients have feared all along: that funding for cancer networks will be slashed and their future put at risk.

“Cancer networks play an absolutely vital role in improving the quality of cancer care, by bringing hospital and community services together, sharing best practice and involving cancer patients and the groups that represent them.

“The Government risks destroying the foundations of better cancer services in England. They must think again and stop their reckless plans.”

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