The South Belfast MLA, who chairs the Assembly’s all-party group on cancer, stated: “I very much welcome the determination of Cancer Focus to engage proactively in ensuring that therapeutic support is available for those from the outset of their cancer journey, as well as increasing awareness of how to reduce risk. The regional centres show a determination to ensure no one is left behind and everyone has access to support.
“This five-year plan not only dovetails nearly with the Cancer Strategy, but also with the principles of Health and Social Care Transformation as set out by the Expert Panel chaired by Prof Rafael Bengoa.
“Clearly, the plan would be of even greater impact if we had a Health Minister able to ensure the Cancer Strategy is taken forward swiftly. It is very welcome, however, that a local strategy is taking such positive and constructive steps, which will provide significant support to so many people over the coming years.”