‘Postcode lottery’ for health

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A SHEFFIELD MP is calling for an end to a healthcare postcode lottery affecting ovarian cancer services.

Angela Smith, who represents Labour in Penistone and Stocksbridge, is backing a campaign by ovarian cancer charity Ovacome to bring together information about the quality of ovarian cancer services across England to help drive improvements where they are needed most.

The charity wants to highlight examples of good practice across the country and also identify areas where more work is needed to improve the outcomes and experiences of those affected by the disease.

As the fifth most common cancer among women in the UK, it is one of the harder cancers to detect.

Ms Smith said: “Patients should be able to receive the standards of care delivered by the best performing hospitals, regardless of where they live. I am supporting Ovacome’s campaign to secure better outcomes for women with this disease.”

Louise Bayne, chief executive of Ovacome, said: “While there are currently high quality ovarian cancer services available in some areas of the country, not all patients are currently able to access the high quality services and support they rely on.”