Ensure that cancer patients are treated directly in cancer wards
Ensure they are not left on trolleys in A&E for hours and days
Open more beds for cancer patients
Why is this important?
Cancer is tough enough in itself. Cancer patients are very vulnerable and their immune systems are compromised. Any additional stress such as being left on a trolley in A&E for hours and days, exposed to infection and without knowing when they will be admitted to a cancer ward is extremely detrimental. They should be seen by oncology straight away and extra cancer beds should be provided to ensure they can get the care they need as quickly as possible.