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Charity Slams Cancer Patients' Travel Costs

Magazine article Public Finance

Charity Slams Cancer Patients' Travel Costs

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The NHS is profiting from cancer patients who are forced to spend hundreds of pounds in travelling costs, a leading charity claimed this week.

Macmillan Cancer Relief said that travel to and from hospital was costing cancer patients an average of £380 over the course of their treatment, while three out of four hospitals were making money from charging patients for parking.

Increasingly, cancer treatment is conducted on a day-case basis, forcing patients to travel more, but saving hospitals £200 per patient per day, according to Macmillaris July 19 report. The centralisation of services at specialist hospitals also intensifies travelling requirements, the charity said.

Macmillan wants some of these financial gains to be reinvested in support for patients.

Chief executive Peter Cardy said: 'It is outrageous that cancer patients should have the added stress of trying to find the money to travel for their life-saving treatment, as if having cancer isn't stressful enough. …

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