Publication of 2018 Implementation Report upon National Cancer Strategy 2017-26

The First Implementation Report on the National Cancer Strategy 2017-26 has been published, reporting on progress towards the 52 recommendations and their key performance indicators.

Key highlights include:

“Prevention and Early Diagnosis:

  • legislation on standardised retail packaging for tobacco
  • the passage of the Public Health Alcohol Act 2018
  • the integration of cancer prevention into the messaging under the Healthy Ireland Initiative
  • progress towards a national skin cancer prevention plan; and
  • the uptake rates for cancer screening

Highlights in Treatment and Survivorship:

  • new posts in medical and surgical oncology
  • the commissioning of 2 new linear accelerators in St Luke’s Hospital
  • the progress of construction work on a new radiation oncology centre in Cork University Hospital towards completion in Q1 2019
  • publication of a Model of Care for Oral Anti-Cancer Medications
  • the commencement of the roll-out of a National Cancer Information System
  • the progress being made by Working Groups on Survivorship and Psycho-Oncology
  • the appointment of a National Clinical Lead for psycho-oncology; and
  • establishment of a Cancer Patient Advisory Committee.”

Minister for Health Simon Harris has praised these early successes, but remains focused upon future challenges.

“The scale of the impact of cancer in our country is clear. We have made a good start on the implementation of what is a 10-year undertaking. I look forward to the continued implementation of the National Cancer Strategy, ensuring that the goals of the Strategy – to reduce the cancer burden, provide optimal care, maximise patient involvement and quality of life and enable and assure change – are fully realised.”

For further information, please see the National Cancer Strategy 2017-26 and the HSE’s National Service Plan for 2019.

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Published 12. February 2019 in News, News Ireland