June 2nd 2020: The backlog of cancer cases due to Covid-19 will require an emergency national response similar to the response to Covid-19 itself to prevent a full-blown health crisis in the coming months, according to one of the UK’s top cancer experts and former head of the WHO’s cancer programme.
May 29th 2020: All of us are breathing a sigh of relief at the now regular stream of news about COVID-19 cases and deaths falling across the UK. The government has responded to this by easing the lockdown and launched the track and trace system to deal with any local flare-ups. For most of us, being separated from our loved ones has been the most difficult part of this lockdown. The latest easing will go a long way to improving people’s mental and indeed physical health.
May 15th 2020: We all yearn to enjoy normal life and I know that every cancer patient wants nothing more than successful treatment and a return to the way of life they cherish. Common sense tells us that the ‘re-opening’ of the UK has to be undertaken in careful stages in order to prevent any resurgence of coronavirus. The government, rightly, doesn’t want to take unnecessary risks and we are all sailing in uncharted waters.
April 30th 2020: Rutherford Health has announced that it is offering additional screening and diagnostic support to the NHS for cancer patients as it was revealed that there has been a 70% drop in the number of referrals for cancer patients.
May 1st 2020: According to Napoleon, an army marches on its stomach. Now, I think it marches on its technology. At this time, we rightly salute the courage and commitment of all healthcare workers across our country as they battle valiantly to deal with coronavirus. We also admire the brilliance of scientists whose inventions and discoveries will surely lead to solutions to overcome this disease. However, I would like to give a shout out to the technological wizards who are truly keeping everyone’s show on the road. Where would we all be without them?
April 17th 2020: We are heading into the second month of the UK-wide lockdown and we have become used to the challenges it brings. The clinical teams in all of our cancer centres are doing an excellent job in maintaining our capability and treating our patients. I have the utmost respect for all our staff whether they be clinical or support staff, maintenance or housekeeping. They are the lifeblood who keep our organisation going. We have made great efforts to ensure that cancer patients can still receive their treatment in a safe environment.
March 2nd 2020:All of us working in healthcare are acutely aware of the challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. The daily reports of a growing death toll and the ratcheting up of confirmed cases make for grim reading – and we all want to see positives where we can. Those positives are there to be found – the phenomenal response to the government’s call for volunteers to help the NHS is the most obvious example. There is no shortage of goodwill from people across the country and, like everyone else, I salute the dedication and courage of our frontline healthcare workers.