Health secretary Patricia Hewitt has announced a new cancer reform strategy to update the NHS cancer plan. Professor Mike Richards, the national cancer director, has been tasked with developing the strategy to 'fit the needs of tomorrow's cancer services'.

The move was welcomed by cancer charities, which have been lobbying for such a development. Cancer Research UK's chief executive Professor Alex Markham said the 2000 plan had been 'massively successful' but a strategy was needed to cope with new developments, such as the development of more sophisticated and expensive treatments.

Read the press release here

Health secretary Patricia Hewitt has announced a new cancer reform strategy to update the NHS cancer plan. Professor Mike Richards, the national cancer director, has been tasked with developing the strategy to 'fit the needs of tomorrow's cancer services'.

The move was welcomed by cancer charities, which have been lobbying for such a development. Cancer Research UK's chief executive Professor Alex Markham said the 2000 plan had been 'massively successful' but a strategy was needed to cope with new developments, such as the development of more sophisticated and expensive treatments.

Read the press release here