MP speaks out on cancer work budget cuts

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Barnsley MP Michael Dugher has said budget cuts to a cancer network are ‘throwing it into chaos’.

He spoke out after a Freedom of Information request showed the Yorkshire Cancer Network had its funding cut by £513,000 – or 38 per cent – between 2009/10 and 2012/13.

The network supports and promotes the implementation of improvements in cancer care and also develops strategies.

Figures showed the network got £1.36m of funding in 2009/10 and £824,000 in 2012/13.

Mr Dugher 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.

“Yet, despite assurances from the Government, we can see funding for Yorkshire Cancer Network has fallen by 38 per cent 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 at risk the future improvements patients need.”