Kerry McCarthy MP has pledged to work with NHS Bristol to ensure high quality care is secured for patients suffering from bowel cancer. Meeting bowel cancer patients in Parliament this week, Kerry was told about the care and treatment they received, and how important it is to ensure patients are treated with respect and receive the support they need. In 2011, Kerry lost her father to bowel cancer.
Working with the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, Kerry is also keen to raise awareness of bowel cancer, which is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, with over 41,000 people diagnosed with the disease every year. Raising awareness of how to spot the signs can help save lives. Over 93 per cent of people diagnosed with bowel cancer at an early stage survive for at least 5 years compared with less than 7% of those diagnosed at a late stage.
Commenting after meeting with bowel cancer patients in Parliament, Kerry said: “In 2011, I lost my father to bowel cancer. He was one of those who perhaps would have beat the disease if he’d gone to the doctors as soon as the symptoms appeared. I know how important it is that bowel cancer patients receive the highest level of care. I will be looking to work with our local NHS Trusts in any way I can to ensure they providing the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to treating bowel cancer patients.”
Mark Flannagan, Chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said; “We strongly believe that patient experience should an integral part of the NHS and it is vital that better care is secured for all bowel cancer patients.
“We know of many cases where patients simply aren’t getting the level of care they need. We are therefore please to launch our Service Pledge as a measure of how hospital should be providing as good experience to the bowel cancer patients they treat.”
To find out more about the bowel cancer service pledge, please visit the charity’s website: www.beatingbowelcancer.org