Derek has expressed support for the work being undertaken by The Prostate Cancer Charity to identify a national set of standards of quality prostate cancer care.
After a wide-ranging consultation with people affected by prostate cancer, The Prostate Cancer Charity has compiled a draft set of standards that set out what good quality care looks like. The Charity is now calling on men who have been affected by prostate cancer, their partners and healthcare professionals to provide feedback on the standards, to ensure they reflect the care men with prostate cancer need.
Once finalised, The Prostate Cancer Charity will be working with ministers, health professionals and commissioners to ensure these standards are implemented across the country, so that men everywhere receive the same high quality care - regardless of where they live.
"Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, which is why I believe it is essential we know exactly what people affected by the disease require and expect from our NHS.
I am therefore delighted to back calls for national standards of care, and would urge anyone with direct or indirect experience of the disease to feed back on The Prostate Cancer's draft standards. Men everywhere deserve quality prostate cancer care, and delivering that is what this initiative is all about."
Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity, said;
"It's fantastic that Mr. Twigg has backed our call, and I look forward to working with him over the months ahead to make this a reality.
We need national standards of quality prostate cancer care to ensure that NHS staff and other healthcare providers know what services and level of care they should be providing to patients. We also need standards to ensure that men who have or are concerned about prostate cancer know exactly what level of care and support they are entitled to receive.
Before we finalise our standards we need to be absolutely clear that they reflect what men with prostate cancer want and need - which is why we want to hear from as many people with experience of the disease as possible."
To view and feed back on The Prostate Cancer's draft standards of quality care please visit: www.prostate-cancer.org.uk/takeaction
Alternatively, to receive a hard copy by post, please call 0208 222 7651.
If you have any queries about prostate cancer, call The Prostate Cancer Charity's Helpline on 0800 0764 8383 which is staffed by specialist nurses and is open from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and Wednesdays from 7-9pm, or visit www.prostatecancer.org.uk