Words: Tanya Geddes
Ed Miliband’s Promise
If Labour is elected in 2015, they will pledge a £330 million cancer treatment fund, investing in the latest drugs, surgery and radiotherapy.
It will replace the current £280m per year Cancer Drugs Fund, which will run out by 2016.
Ed Miliband said the investment could save 10,000 lives a year.
He promised “that no-one will have to wait longer than one week for cancer tests and results by 2020.”
More than one in three people in the UK will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime, according to cancerresearchuk.org
Most drugs for cancer under the NHS are very costly and not readily available.
Under Labour proposals, treatments like intensity modulated radiotherapy and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy will be accessible.
Sarah Woolnough, Cancer Research UK’s executive director of policy said, “We’re delighted to see a commitment to investing in radiotherapy and surgery.”
“It’s essential the NHS has the investment, leadership and support to deliver these cutting-edge services to patients.”
The Conservatives said Labour’s pledge was an “unfunded promise” and gave “false hope” to patients.
Ed Miliband explained how Labour would raise the cost by raising taxes “on the most expensive homes worth over £2m in our country, hedge funds which avoid paying their fair share, and the tobacco firms.”