Wherever you look there are problems in healthcare. It is difficult to isolate cancer from the failing system of course. My views have been consistent since I started writing. The cancer sector in it’s current form will never solve the issues unless we have a radical reset. Covid has highlighted and accelerated many of the problems. Our lack of action over many years is part of the problem. The largest one being that in my opinion, the world’s leadership has accepted the number of people dying from cancer!! This seems to be the price we are prepared to pay for a total lack of any joined up thinking.
For so many years, the major organisations have all ‘done their own thing.’ With NHS and other global healthcare organisations therefore restricted financially what treatment can be offered. My opinion is that things have regressed by at least 10 years. People affected by cancer can no longer feel confident that things will improve for them in the long term. I now feel less safe than I did in 2007 when I was diagnosed. With waiting lists now longer and treatment options more sparse.
Recently I was invited to share my thoughts on the Cancer Talk podcast. Please take time to have a listen and feel free to share your own opinions below.