draft Cancer Strategy 2021-2031…. Have your say now!

25th August 2021

Health Minister Robin Swann has invited the public to have their say on a new 10-year Cancer Strategy for Northern Ireland. The draft strategy for 2021-2031 aims to place Northern Ireland at the forefront of world class cancer prevention, treatment and patient experience.

The draft strategy consists of 67 recommendations drawn from the best available evidence and reflecting the voices of people who use and work in cancer services. The recommendations are across four key themes:
• Reduce the growth in the number of people diagnosed with preventable cancers
• Diagnosis and treatment – to improve survival
• Patient experience – to improve the experience of people diagnosed with cancer
• Implementing the Strategy

A cancer recovery plan ‘Building Back; Rebuilding better’ was published by the Department in June to deal with the current backlogs and immediate pressures: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/cancer-recovery-plan-202122-2324.

The consultation will close on 20 October 2021 and the EQIA will close on 17 November 2021. Further details can be found at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/consultations/consultation-cancer-strategy-northern-ireland-2021-2031