Every cancer patient in England will be offered free, one-to-one home care by specialist nurses if Labour wins the election. There will be access to home treatment for every cancer patient within five years. The proposals on cancer treatment are part of a wider plan to give more patients the option of receiving chemotherapy, dialysis and palliative care without travelling to hospital.
Ciaran Devane of Macmillan Cancer Support welcomes the plans. "Specialist cancer nurses provide invaluable care and support from the point of diagnosis, throughout treatment and after. They also ensure the NHS puts the patient at the centre of their care, and adopts a joined up approach accordingly, whether its treating them at home, in the community or at hospital."
Andrew Lansley, shadow health secretary, comments,"It is unclear how the government plans to pay for this. Just last year Labour cut the amount the NHS spent on each cancer patient by £650. Labour is planning even further cuts to NHS spending in the years ahead, and has promised this before and has not delivered. As far back as 2003 they were promising that each patient would have a named nurse to coordinate their care for cancer."
PMI insurers await the outcome with interest, as it could affect how they design their policies.
Private medical insurance: News update: 9 February 2010