‘A lot of people are asking how to boil their armpit boil’, says NHS
A lot of young people are using the NHS as a way of reducing their health problems and even managing their cancers.
But they say they’re being left out of the loop.
Some NHS hospitals are already planning to offer their services as a service for people with cancer.
But some NHS hospitals say the idea is too much, and that the NHS will need to be bigger and more efficient.
Dr Peter Wright, chief medical officer at London’s Royal Free, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the NHS was under-resourced and under-equipped.
“We need a lot more resources and we need more doctors, we need to make sure we get the staffing to make the best use of the NHS,” he said.
He said there were concerns that if there was a shortage of staff, some cancers would be left untreated.
“The question is: does the NHS have the capacity to make those appointments?”
Dr Wright said.
“If you’re going to put a hospital on the frontline, and you’re not getting the people that you need on the front line, that’s not a good situation.”
He said he believed the Government should create a new national organisation to help the NHS improve the health of the population.
He also warned that there was “no silver bullet” to reducing the numbers of cancer patients.
“If we’re going back to the way we were before, we’re not going to be able to stop all the cancers in the NHS being diagnosed and treated,” he added.
But NHS England said the number of new cancers diagnosed had risen by 20% in the past year and was projected to rise another 7% this year.