THOUSANDS of incurable breast cancer patients are denied crucial nursing care.
Freedom of Information data from charity Breast Cancer Care revealed that 72 per cent of all health boards and trusts across the UK do not provide a dedicated nurse for people living with incurable breast cancer.
The charity said it showed a “worrying lack of NHS investment in care to help people live well for longer”. Breast Cancer Care is calling for urgent funding to be made available to recruit and train nurses to fill the significant gaps.
Samia al Qadhi, the charity’s chief executive, said that after a life-limiting diagnosis patients continue to be abandoned without the specialist support they need to manage complex treatment.