Cancer Contract Welcomed

07/01/2016

Plaid Cymru's Swansea West Assembly candidate Dr Dai Lloyd has welcomed his party's plans for a 'cancer contract' to improve services across Wales.

The latest plans aim to speed up diagnosis and ensure patients can access the drugs and treatment they need.

They commit the party to bring waiting times down, aiming for diagnosis within 28 days, acquiring a new treatment fund with access to new medicines based on what the doctor prescribes, and one-to-one support for patients before, during and after their treatment.

The party is also aiming to cut preventable deaths through ensuring the HPV vaccine is given free to boys as well as girls.

They also plan to take further action to deter people from smoking and introduce a sugary drinks tax, as well as creating three diagnostic centres which will offer a full range of tests and have the necessary range of specialities and expertise.

Plaid's Shadow Health Minister Elin Jones AM said: "16,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Wales every year, with many more being tested and given the all clear.

"From the moment someone is suspected of having cancer they should be able to expect a high standard of service from diagnosis through to aftercare.

"Waiting times for many lifesaving diagnostic tests are substantially longer in Wales than elsewhere in the UK.

"Around a third of patients in Wales are waiting longer than six weeks for an MRI scan, and there have been too many instances of patients in Wales having to move home and out of Wales in order to get the drugs and treatment they need."

The contract has been welcomed by Plaid's Swansea West candidate Dr Dai Lloyd, Neath candidate Councillor Alun Llewelyn, Gower candidate Harri Roberts and Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales West, Bethan Jenkins.

Dr Lloyd said: 

"With cancer survival rates in Wales currently among the lowest in Europe, Plaid Cymru aims to move Wales towards the best survival rates.

"The cancer contract will ensure speedy diagnosis, access to the right drugs and treatments and appropriate care and aftercare for cancer patients."

Photo:  Neath candidate Councillor Alun Llewelyn, Plaid Cymru's South Wales West AM, Bethan Jenkins and Swansea West's Dr Dai Lloyd.