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Alex welcomes improvements in cancer patient experience

Alex Cunningham MP has welcomed improvements in cancer patient experience in Stockton North, following a meeting with Macmillan Cancer Support to discuss local data.

The latest results from the Cancer Patient Experience Survey, which is undertaken annually by NHS England, showed that 73% of cancer patients served by the Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group felt able to discuss worries or fears with hospital staff. In addition, 62% of patients said that hospital staff gave information on getting financial help. The results for both of these questions, as well as a number of others, were above the England averages which is very positive news for the community.

With the number of people getting cancer rising, it is more important than ever that patients have a good experience of care and are able to access the support they need. The Cancer Strategy for England, published in 2015, recognises the importance of patient experience, and a new metric is being developed to measure progress on this. It is vital that commissioners and providers now have access to the tools and expertise required to make improvements.

Speaking on the subject, Alex Cunningham MP said:

“I was delighted to hear that the majority of cancer patients in Stockton North and the surrounding area have had a good experience of their care. The local NHS has worked hard to ensure that cancer patients have the right care and support and I look forward to continuing to work with them as they continue this good work”.

No one should face cancer alone. For support, information or if you have any questions, call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit