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The 'unacceptable' pressures of staffing and funding shortages on cancer care

Cancer Nursing Practice has been talking to nurses to find out how cancer services are being hit by funding and staffing shortages.

Cancer Nursing Practice has been talking to nurses to find out how cancer services are being hit by funding and staffing shortages

The House of Commons health and social care committee recently warned that the workforce needs to increase at scale and pace if patients are to get the care they deserve.

Cancer Nursing Practice has been examining the evidence and talking to nurses on the front line to find out where the pinch points are in cancer care.

Staff shortages

The committee cited a vacancy rate of 11% across the NHS in England, but there was no specific figure given for cancer nursing.

That is because the data is simply not there. Macmillan Cancer Support is currently carrying out an audit of the workforce that will be published in the spring.

15%

of chemotherapy

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