Cancer Focus NI’s message to new MPs following 2024 UK General Election

Following yesterday’s General Election, Cancer Focus NI Chief Executive Richard Spratt comments:

“As we welcome the new MPs, we also remind them that cancer cannot wait. With one in two of us projected to face a cancer diagnosis in our lifetimes, cancer will likely touch everyone, either through your own diagnosis or that of a loved one. We need to act now – at every level of government – to improve waiting times, early detection, cancer prevention, and more. It’s not like problems will ‘go away’ if we don’t invest in health; they will only become more costly and less treatable, as a result of growing backlogs and projected increases in cancer incidence.

“We look forward to working with the new MPs to see local people gain access to world-leading, equitable cancer support, treatment, diagnosis, prevention, and research. If there is ever anything we can help with, please reach out.”

Information about cancer issues in NI and how to address them can be found in Cancer Focus NI’s 2024 Election Manifesto and report on the cancer waiting times in 2023. Information on cancer and available support services can be found at

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