A survey of all Cancer Networks in England, published last week, has revealed deep budget cuts to the local cancer network for people in Barnsley.
Despite the Government promising that funding for these vital groups of experts would be protected, new figures show that
The local cancer network for people in Barnsley has seen its budget cut by 38 percent since 2019.
Across England, Cancer Network budgets have been cut on average by over a quarter since 2009, and their staff by a fifth in the same period.
Commenting, Michael Duhger MP said:
“Over the last 10 years, we have seen fantastic improvements in the treatment of cancer patients, and the work of local Cancer Networks has been key to this achievement. Yet despite assurances from the Government, we can see that funding for Yorkshire Cancer Network has fallen by 38 percent since 2009.
“Doctors, nurses and other experts brought together by cancer and cardiac networks are crucial to improving patient care for Britain’s biggest killers. The Government should be working to support these local specialists. Instead, it is spending two and a half years and billions of pounds on a back-office NHS reorganisation. This is throwing the networks into chaos and putting the future improvements patients need at risk.”