A NEW campaign has been launched calling for an increase in the cancer budget for radiotherapy.
Radiotherapy4Life, backed by Action Radiotherapy with support from a range of professional bodies, including IPEM, wants to see the budget for radiotherapy increased from 5 per cent to 6.5 per cent, with a one-off, ring-fenced investment of £250m to provide comprehensive regional access to radiotherapy, a further £100m a year ongoing investment in staff and IT infrastructure, and the establishment of a radiotherapy tsar.
The tsar should be given powers to coordinate implementation of an advanced world class radiotherapy service across the whole of the country. In addition, the campaign is calling for radical reforms to the commissioning process for radiotherapy.
Tim Farron MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Radiotherapy (APPGRT), said: ‘The UK spends a mere 5% of our cancer budget on radiotherapy services, whereas in most developed countries on the European continent this figure is up to 11%. Radiotherapy is a relatively cheap treatment when compared with chemotherapy and other treatments, including immunotherapy, often costing a few thousand pounds to cure patients and therefore the economic case is absolutely compelling.
‘This campaign will raise public awareness of the amazing recent developments in radiotherapy and the dedicated skilled workforce that are ensuring more patients with cancer survive each year.’
The APPGRT produced a manifesto for radiotherapy last year, which IPEM supported.
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