Brown Highlights Cancer Care in Health Reform

11 February 2010 (Last Updated February 11th, 2010 18:30)

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown plans to give faster access to cancer specialists and more one-to-one nursing by overhauling the health service if Labour wins this year's general election. Brown said 10,000 lives could be saved through early detection of cancer, referral to a specialist

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown plans to give faster access to cancer specialists and more one-to-one nursing by overhauling the health service if Labour wins this year's general election.

Brown said 10,000 lives could be saved through early detection of cancer, referral to a specialist within two weeks of seeing a doctor and a one-week guarantee for receiving the results of subsequent tests, reports Reuters.

In addition, £2bn could be saved in care costs over three years, which can be used to fund one-to-one nursing for cancer patients, he said.

"Plans to reform community and primary care services will include a commitment to deliver over the next five years dedicated nursing for all cancer patients, benefiting around 1.6 million patients, offering truly first-class care," Brown said.