Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Politicians urged to ‘front up’ on cancer

8 April 2014

Politicians urged to ‘front up’ on cancer

CANGO, an alliance of eight major cancer NGOs, is calling for political parties to commit to tackling cancer; New Zealand’s number one killer.

The CANGO cancer manifesto, launched tonight, identifies seven key areas in which the next government can make a profound impact on cancer in New Zealand and urges all political parties to front up to this responsibility.

“Cancer directly affects close to 30 % of New Zealanders - this year alone, more than 20,000 of us will be diagnosed with cancer”, said Dr Jan Pearson, spokesperson for the CANGO alliance. “Government action can make a profound impact on reducing these figures and improving outcomes for cancer patients – whether through regulation, investment in education, training, research, allocation of workforce resources. We need to know that successive governments will prioritise cancer, whatever their politics.”

Dr Pearson said the manifesto reflects the united voice of key cancer organisations working together to achieve better cancer outcomes for New Zealanders.

“Cancer is such a significant issue, affecting so many New Zealanders and costing the country on so many levels. In the face of an ageing population, which will see cancer numbers grow exponentially, we simply can’t afford not to urgently address the country’s cancer burden.”

CANGO’s manifesto calls for intensified efforts to reduce New Zealanders’ exposure to known cancer risks.

“One in three cancer deaths is attributed to risk factors that can be modified such as smoking, alcohol, inactivity and poor diet. The next New Zealand government must accelerate legislation and prevention programmes that directly address these risks,” said Dr Pearson. “We know that of all actions that support a healthy population, government policy makes the biggest difference to behavioural change.”

The manifesto also calls for fast-tracking of the national bowel cancer screening programme to ensure that it is completed to the deadline of late 2015 and to urgently prioritise resolving the workforce issues likely to affect its rollout.

“We know that the earlier bowel cancer is diagnosed, the better the outcomes,” said Dr Pearson. “It’s critical that workforce capacity planning issues don’t impede the national rollout of this life-saving screening programme.”

The five other priorities detailed in CANGO’s manifesto are:
• more equitable resource allocation across the cancer care continuum for all New Zealanders
• urgent attention to the development and implementation of the cancer workforce plan
• improved clinical cancer registries and data collection to support planning and management of cancer services
• increased access to and investment in research and clinical trials so that effective treatments are developed within the New Zealand environment and more patients have the opportunity to participate
• investment in the palliative care needs of the country’s aging population.

A copy of the CANGO Election Manifesto document: Addressing the New Zealand Cancer Burden – a critical election issue can be downloaded from: www.cancernz.org.nz.

About CANGO
CANGO (Cancer Non-Governmental Organisations) is an alliance of eight prominent New Zealand cancer charities: Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa, New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, Cancer Society of New Zealand, New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation, Hospice New Zealand, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand, Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand, and Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.

The alliance came together in 2007 to increase collaboration across cancer charities with the shared goal of reducing the incidence and impact of cancer on New Zealand and New Zealanders.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

#SaveCampbellLive : Mediaworks Delivered 104,000 Petition Signatures At TV3's Newton HQ
#PonyTailGate #TailGate Full Coverage

Pukeahu Park : ANZAC 100th Anniversary Dawn Service In Pictures

Roughly 18,000 people gathered this morning at Pukeahu Memorial Park for the Anzac day centenary. Anticipating the large turnout, patrons arrived as early as 4.30. It was virtually impossible to get near the Memorial after 5am. By 6, the crowds on Taranaki Street had stretched as far back as the Z Petrol station.

The screens erected around the park displayed the live events to those who had turned up. The heat generated by the huge number of people caused many to take a turn. Medics and ambulances were on hand for the fainting crowd members. Only twenty minutes into the ceremony, one medic said they had already dealt with 15 to 20 spells. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news