National Voices responds to proposed cancer treatment cuts at Oxford hospitals

Wed, 10 January 2018

A leading Oxford hospital has proposed delays to chemotherapy for cancer patients and cuts to treatment for those who are terminally ill, due to a chronic shortage of specialits nurses.

Commenting on the proposals, Andrew McCracken, Head of Communications at National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities, said:

“It is unacceptable for staff levels to have fallen so low. Cancer treatment is a priority for the NHS and it is wrong that access to treatment could be cut back.

“Keeping patients safe has to be paramount, but that will be of little comfort to the people living with serious health conditions that stand to be affected by these proposals. All of the advice to patients about cancer is to get checked out as soon as possible, yet on doing so, they may find that services aren’t there to help them.

“If taken forward, these measures will be another example of reducing access to treatments and services across the country. Waiting times have been relaxed, there are tighter controls on introducing new drugs, and the prescribing of some treatments is being restricted.”


For further information, contact Andrew McCracken on 020 3176 0737 or