Representing and supporting medical oncologists in the UK

Capacity Issues in Cancer Services

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The ACP, together with the RCR, UKONS and BOPA, are co-signatories on a letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.  The letter highlights the increasing challenge of a critical lack of capacity in UK oncology depts, which is impacting on SACT delivery.

Cancer departments across the country are in crisis. Without more staff and more investment NOW this will pass a tipping point into a no return situation. The staff, who desperately want to provide high quality care and access to new cancer treatments, have reached breaking point. Our membership has described to me how their inability to provide effective treatments quickly is leading to ethical dilemmas and levels of personal distress which is causing burnout.

Professor Helena Earl, ACP Honorary President