Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
12 March 2014 08:36
Breast cancer care guidance is not being adequately checked, a report warns
A charity has slammed the "virtually non-existent" attempts of NHS organisations to monitor breast cancer quality standards.
In 2011, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) laid out best practice instructions for delivering high-quality care for breast cancer patients.
But now, Breast Cancer Campaign has issued a new report warning there is a lack of checks and reporting on the performance of the advice, with the health regulator suggesting more needs to be done.
With calls for NHS England to carry out an annual review of how institutions are adhering to the Nice standards on breast cancer care, the charity's chief executive, Baroness Delyth Morgan, said: "It's not enough to pay lip-service to standards of care and consider that job done. There is an urgent need to ensure that appropriate levers and incentives are in place to deliver these improved standards of care.
"The breast cancer quality standard is a vital tool which if we harness to its full potential, will help greatly to improve the standards of care in a rapidly changing NHS that all women living with breast cancer deserve. Women living with breast cancer face many challenges, but poor-quality care should not be one of them."
Professor Gillian Leng, director of health and social care at Nice, said: "Nice guidance has already helped to raise the quality of care for people with breast cancer. This report from Breast Cancer Campaign highlights there is still more to do.
"Nice has systems in place to support the implementation of our guidance and quality standards. We are working with the Care Quality Commission to ensure their monitoring processes and systems take account of our recommendations.
"We will continue to work with NHS England to review the uptake of our quality standards and support them in raising the standards of all NHS services through the commissioning process."
Sean Duffy, national clinical director for cancer at NHS England, added: "We want world class cancer services for all patients and all cancers. What we know is that although we have made great strides over recent years, quality varies between cancers and across the country.
"That is why it is so important that providers and commissioners of services ensure that care reflects the quality standards set out by the Nice. These standards are based on evidence guidelines and serve as the best advice for the delivery of high-quality care. We will continue to champion this with providers and commissioners."
For those wanting to put their worries behind them, breast cancer patients are reminded of the availability of
travel insurance for cancer patients for enjoying time away from hospitals and care facilities.
24 February 2017
Heathrow airport has issued delay and cancellation warnings, after Storm Doris reached nearly 90mph on its way to batter Britain.
23 February 2017
Bowel cancer could be cut by more than a third amid the development of a one-off screening test, new research suggests.
22 February 2017
Hundreds of thousands of people with a potentially fatal genetic blood condition have yet to be diagnosed with the condition, a charity is warning.
21 February 2017
New technology to provide detailed scans of patients could improve the recovery of people suffering with liver cancer, scientists have said.
18 February 2017
At least 10 Britons have been injured in a speedboat accident off the icy coast of Norway.
17 February 2017
Comedian David Baddiel is trying to highlight the "epidemic" of dementia as a killer of older people in a new documentary.
16 February 2017
The public has spoken and the world's favourite cruises are being honoured by a top cruise review site.
15 February 2017
The collaborative #SkiSafe campaign has been relaunched in a bid to raise safety awareness among winter sports enthusiasts.
14 February 2017
A new "age defying" hormone could offer a breakthrough in preventing kidney and heart disease in people who suffer from diabetes.
11 February 2017
Patients needing new life-saving medication could have to wait two years after the UK leaves the EU, experts are warning.
10 February 2017
Families looking to take a cheap break in the upcoming half term are often sorely disappointed, however new research suggests Cyprus is the best destination for a well-priced trip.
09 February 2017
Europe remains the world's number one region as a travel destination - but tourism growth is slowing down, a travel industry report has said.