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21 Long-term plan cancer targets  2019 Rollout of new rapid diagnostic centres across the nation  2020 Introduce a new faster diagnosis In standard for cancer so that patients receive a definitive diagnosis or an all-clear within 28 days y 2020 Human papillomavirus primary B screening for cervical cancer to be implemented across England  2020 The lung health check model By will be extended  2021 Every person diagnosed with By cancer will have personalised care, including needs assessment, a care plan, and health and wellbeing support  2023 Stratified, follow-up pathways By for people who are worried their cancer may have recurred. For all clinically appropriate cancers  2028 Diagnosing 75% of cancers at By stage 1 or 2 I really welcome diagnosis at stage 1 or 2 by 2028, but I don’t think this is achievable,’ she says. ‘The NHS has been failing badly against other health systems for cancers – we have got a one-year survival rate of around 24%.’ A new national campaign, Cervical Screening Saves Lives, has been launched by Public Health England in a bid to increase the number of women who attend for cervical screening across England. The campaign is designed to encourage women to respond to their cervical screening invatation letter, and to book an appointment if they did not attend their last screening when it was due. ‘Improving cancer detection and diagnosis is a core part of our long-term plan for the NHS, and from April, any patients with suspected cancer will receive a diagnosis or the all-clear within 28 days. A sum of £200m is being invested to fund new ways to rapidly detect and treat cancer,’ says Steve Brine, public health minister. ‘I’m very concerned about the workforce’ Another challenge that must be addressed to meet faster diagnosis targets is staffing. ‘The NHS needs sufficient numbers of skilled people to undertake and interpret cancer tests and sufficient availability of equipment, particularly CT and MR scanners. And we need to make sure the newly formed cancer alliances can provide the leadership to plan and improve cancer care locally,’ Professor Harrison says. The NHS has announced that there will be a separate document on workforce later this year. ‘It’s essential that the new workforce plan includes a clear commitment to increase the numbers of key cancer staff,’ Mr Case says. While the effects of Brexit still remain unknown, health experts believe it could have a negative impact on the workforce, and in particular the plans for cancer. ‘I’m very concerned about the workforce. We have around 10% of radiographer posts unfilled, and if we want to expand capacity we need the right people in the posts to evaluate scans,’ Ms Stunt says. ‘I’m concerned about the impact of Brexit and the number of people working in the NHS that are coming from Europe – who may leave or might be put off coming to the UK,’ Ms Stunt says. NHS England was approached for comment. More online For all the latest features, log onto healthcareleadernews.com Healthcare Leader 2019 Issue 10