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For better health and social care

NHS Staff Shortages Impact Bowel Cancer Diagnostic Services


Nearly everyone can survive bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage. Timely access to diagnostic tests for bowel cancer are therefore vital to improving early diagnosis, however as demand for these services increases, staff numbers are dwindling dramatically.

The current lack of staff within NHS services is the root cause of many of the challenges facing bowel cancer right now and is impacting on initiatives that are vital to ensuring more people are diagnosed early. As NHS England develops its new 10 Year Plan and the Government plans to announce a potential £20 billion funding pot for the NHS, Bowel Cancer UK wants to act now to ensure challenges to the workforce are prioritised.

They are calling on the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to work together to ensure funding is properly allocated to tackle NHS staff shortages. Visit the Bowel Cancer UK blog 'Ending the capacity crisis' to find out more about their plans and how you can get involved.