The Welsh Labour Party has said it would assign every cancer patient a key worker to coordinate their care.

Health minister Edwina Hart said the role would help patients overcome a sense of abandonment when they are discharged from hospital.

Labour promised patients in England they will receive dedicated one-to-one NHS nursing when the party published its UK manifesto on Monday.

Ms Hart, who was on the campaign trail in Carmarthen, said: “One of the key issues facing cancer patients, particularly once they are discharged from hospital-based treatment, is a sense of abandonment and a lack of ongoing contact with specialists.

“That is why we have pledged that each patient diagnosed with cancer should have access to a nominated key worker to coordinate their care for the duration of their treatment in secondary care and subsequently within primary care via their GP.”

The announcement came after a coalition of charities called on the Welsh Assembly to protect cancer care from cuts in public spending or efficiency savings.

The Wales Cancer Alliance said political parties should prioritise treatment of the disease in their manifesto.