Experience of UK cancer patients 'improving in UK'

17 August 2012

The experience of cancer patients across the UK has improved, with increasing numbers of individuals reporting that they are treated with respect, given treatment choices and enjoying better services.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley announced the results of a national survey into cancer patient experience, which showed that 98 Trusts have improved on their results from last year, with 88 per cent of patients rating their overall care as either excellent or very good.

The report showed that 91 per cent of patients said they received understandable answers to important questions all or most of the time.

Furthermore, 94 per cent of those surveyed answered that they were always given enough privacy when being examined or treated, and 83 per cent felt they were seen as soon as necessary by a hospital doctor.

When it came to treatment, 84 per cent of patients (compared to 83 per cent in 2010) said they were given a choice of different types of therapies before heading down one course.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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