The report notes that there are still many challenges in terms of achieving the quality of cancer services and outcomes that the strategy set out to deliver.
improved data collection and analysis
expansion of the cancer screening programmes
campaigns to improve the public’s awareness of cancer symptoms and to encourage them to present promptly to the doctor
surgical training programmes and
reducing inpatient bed days.
The report highlights challenges for the year ahead:
moving forward on piloting flexible sigmoidoscopy bowel screening
a national awareness campaign on bowel cancer
improving diagnostic capacity and productivity
the needs of survivors in different post-treatment phases
providing information to commissioners and providers about patients’ experience of care and
giving support to tackle issues such as information provision and better communication.
Improving outcomes: A strategy for cancer, published in January 2011, stated the importance of assessing progress on delivery of the strategy during transition to the new health and care system and beyond.