18th May 2012
Department of Health Launches Cancer Plan for the Isle of Man
The Department of Health is pleased to announce the launch of the National Cancer Plan for the Isle of Man. The Cancer Plan sets out a strategic direction for the development of cancer services in the Isle of Man over the next ten years.
The Cancer Plan has been developed by the Department with the close involvement of a multi-agency team, which contributed to all aspects of the initiative. This will set the scene for a quality Cancer Service in the Isle of Man.
The Cancer Plan deals with all the key themes for cancer services, such as information, prevention of cancer, screening and early detection, improving clinical outcomes, palliative care, and living with and beyond cancer, on a chapter by chapter basis. For each chapter, key strategic objectives have been identified which comprise priority targets and key implementation tasks. Each objective contributes to ensuring that the plan is an extensive reflection of the needs of the Island’s cancer services.
An Implementation Group has been set up, which includes members from Department of Health, Department of Social Care, Hospice Isle of Man, cancer patients and charity representatives. This Group will work together to produce an action plan to ensure that the objectives of the Cancer Plan are successfully implemented across the Island.
Minister for Health, David Anderson MHK, said:
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the development of this important document. I am delighted at the way this plan was produced; by involving cancer patients, carers and charities, we were able to gain a full spectrum of views that were fundamental in the creation of the plan. This provides a prime example of the principal approach of the Department, that we take the views of patients very seriously and work with them to shape our services. I strongly recommend the Cancer Plan to everyone with an interest in this area.”
Dr Parameswaran Kishore, Director of Public Health and Chair of the group which developed the National Cancer Plan, said:
“Cancer is an important health issue; it is projected that 1 in 3 people will develop cancer at some stage in their life. It is important that we offer the best treatment we can afford for our cancer patients so that our outcomes from cancer are equivalent to those of best regions in the UK – the Cancer Plan is the way of achieving such outcomes”.
Derek Peters, Chair of the Cancer User Forum, said:
“This plan is a boost for cancer patients in Isle of Man; it has been shaped by cancer patients and carers, who have made a significant contribution in the development of this important plan. I feel that this inclusive approach by the Department has given real meaning to the expression ‘User Led Service’.”
A copy of the Cancer Plan can be found on the Department of Health’s website www.gov.im/health/services/Public_Health/Service_Improvement/strategies.xml