The NHS is facing a staffing crisis in cancer care, but could a review of cancer and diagnostics staffing and career pathways reverse waiting times?
NHS waiting times for cancer treatment and diagnosis in England are now the longest on record, with the Health and Social Care Committee publishing a report urging the Government to take action or risk jeopardising patient care. At the core of the issue is staffing.1
The national shortage of nurses, including cancer nurses, is well known – a problem seemingly exacerbated by the pandemic, with a reported 170,000 NHS staff voluntarily leaving the service in the last two years.2
Despite being brought into sharp focus most recently, there has, for some time, been mounting concern among healthcare leaders regarding staffing in cancer care, which is why a group of ten NHS Trusts and cancer alliances across South-East England have been collaborating on scalable strategies and solutions to overcome their workforce challenges.
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