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NHS England has today published its 10 year plan for the NHS, which sets out how services will develop over the next decade

Myeloma UK news // 7th January 2019

In response to the plan, Myeloma UK Head of Patient Advocacy, Shelagh McKinlay, said:

“We welcome the publication of the plan, which sets out ambitious goals for the NHS in England over the next decade. Myeloma UK contributed to the development of the plan, and it is good to see that issues we championed such as improving diagnosis, using artificial intelligence to support doctors in their work and ensuring access to the best possible treatments are recognised in the plan.

Funding to improve early diagnosis is especially important in myeloma, which has the longest pathway to diagnosis of any cancer. It is therefore good news that a new 28 day target for diagnosis will apply to all cancers including myeloma. Investment in MRI and CT imaging services is also important for myeloma patients. Myeloma UK is setting the agenda in improving diagnosis through our Early Diagnosis Steering Committee – bringing together leading doctors and researchers to deliver a blueprint for best practice in diagnosing myeloma and this work will continue in 2019.

Supporting everyone affected by myeloma is a cornerstone of our work so we also welcome the plan’s recognition of the importance of supporting carers.

There is much to be optimistic about in the plan but it is very high level and we need to see more detail about what it means for myeloma. For example, work to deliver affordable access to the most innovative new treatments needs to be fleshed out. We will continue to work with Government, NHS England, clinicians, industry and other charities to make sure that the developments in the plan meet the needs of myeloma patients. We look forward to keeping you up to speed with this throughout 2019. ”