100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
NHS cancer backlog could take five years to clear, experts warn
‘I wasn’t considered a likely candidate for cancer at 36’, says Liane who now has just six months to live
Doctors and nurses tell our politicians to put patients first and form an Executive
The DUP is refusing to return to the power-sharing Executive over the protocol
Boris Johnson to visit Northern Ireland amid political crisis
The Prime Minister will visit Northern Ireland on Monday after the Assembly could not be formed
DUP adopt 'wait-and-see' approach to UK action on Northern Ireland protocol
Mr Wilson said he will not welcome it "until we actually know what the Government intends to do, when it…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Doctors and nurses urge politicians to ‘put patients first’ and form Executive
Organisations representing medical professionals have called on Northern Ireland’s parties to get together at Stormont.
Boris Johnson to visit Northern Ireland after DUP spark political crisis
Boris Johnson is set to visit Northern Ireland on Monday amid a political crisis caused by the DUP blocking the…
Get all your news in one place
Latest National news:
Popular Radford College art show attracts almost 300 entries
The show is open Saturday and Sunday at the school.
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
Brave start for Her Productions with Uncle Vanya
IN a city already swimming in theatre companies and with limited audience numbers, the question might reasonably be asked: does…
Vera Zulumovski: an artist who keeps growing
Thirty years can be a long time in the career of an artist. It can also mark many changes in…
Australian election briefing: Morrison has a leaky cabinet while Albanese campaigns with Julia Gillard – plus the vibe is tired
Friday: The best of Guardian Australia’s 2022 federal election coverage
Safe federal seat of Fowler turned battleground: Kristina Keneally and the mystery polling
News Corp reports that polling shows independent Dai Le could win, but Keneally seems relaxed
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
Northstars skipper expects strong challenge from Ice Dogs
The two sides play a double-header this weekend.
Master pianist at City Hall
"Australian audiences are my favourite because folks are so open to what you have to offer and they respond positively…

NI cancer services need 'critical intervention' as Stormont ordered back to work

By Shaun Keenan

A cancer charity has said that cancer services will become more complex in the coming months if an Executive is not formed immediately.

That's the warning from MacMillan Cancer which revealed that there are currently 82,000 people living with cancer in Northern Ireland - with the figure expected to rise to over 110,000 by 2030.

Last month, Health Minister Robin Swann unveiled the country's 10-year cancer strategy to tackle the crisis, pledging timely access to diagnosis, treatment and care for people.

Read more: Woman married 53-years 'forced to sell wedding rings' to buy oil

The minister also revealed the set-up of two rapid diagnosis centres - in Whiteabbey and South Tyrone hospitals. The centres aim to welcome their first patients later this year.

The funding plan published on March 22 identified an estimated investment need of around £2.3 million in the first year and in the region of £145 million per year when all actions are implemented. A capital one-off investment of approximately £73 million would also be required.

However, with a stable Executive, it's unlikely that the strategy will come to light. That's according to Kate Seymour, Head of Advocacy for Macmillan Cancer Support.

She said: “The NI health system was not fit for purpose before the pandemic, despite the best efforts of hardworking staff, and as waiting times continue to deteriorate, the backlog of people living with cancer who are not in the system grows, and demand on cancer services increases, cancer care will become even more complex.

"Northern Ireland finally has a Cancer Strategy, published only a few months ago, which is full of ambition to improve and future-proof cancer services but it will not be delivered without an Executive. 82,000 people are living with cancer in NI and that number is projected to rise to 114,000 by 2030.

"They need and deserve leadership and action. It will take years to transform existing services and systems to make them fit to address the complex cancer care environment of the future.

"That’s why it’s critical that the Executive is up and running as soon as possible to deliver the multi-year funding required for the implementation of the Strategy and to prioritise a strong and valued cancer workforce.”

Foyle MLA, Ciara Ferguson, called on the DUP to end their boycott of the Executive and help 'save people's lives'.

“People on cancer waiting lists need an Executive back up and running now," she said.

“MacMillan Cancer Support has said today that 82,000 people in the north are currently living with the disease and that these numbers are set to rise.

“They have called for urgent investment to tackle the crisis in cancer services as people waiting on critical interventions for cancer have no time for any more delay.

“The Executive should be restored immediately and the additional £1 billion for health proposed by Finance Minister Conor Murphy should be used to tackle the waiting lists and the crises in cancer and mental health services.

“We need to recruit more doctors and nurses and give the health minister the resources to do this now.

“This is about treating patients who are suffering and saving lives.

“It’s well past time for the DUP to end their boycott of the Executive and get back to work for people who need it most.”

Read more: New Stormont Executive 'must deliver' for North West says Chamber President

Read more: Council release statement as Galliagh Community Centre works are completed

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
NHS cancer backlog could take five years to clear, experts warn
‘I wasn’t considered a likely candidate for cancer at 36’, says Liane who now has just six months to live
Doctors and nurses tell our politicians to put patients first and form an Executive
The DUP is refusing to return to the power-sharing Executive over the protocol
Boris Johnson to visit Northern Ireland amid political crisis
The Prime Minister will visit Northern Ireland on Monday after the Assembly could not be formed
DUP adopt 'wait-and-see' approach to UK action on Northern Ireland protocol
Mr Wilson said he will not welcome it "until we actually know what the Government intends to do, when it…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Doctors and nurses urge politicians to ‘put patients first’ and form Executive
Organisations representing medical professionals have called on Northern Ireland’s parties to get together at Stormont.
Boris Johnson to visit Northern Ireland after DUP spark political crisis
Boris Johnson is set to visit Northern Ireland on Monday amid a political crisis caused by the DUP blocking the…
Get all your news in one place