Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has signed a pledge committing him to work with patients and the local NHS to ensure high quality and safe care is secured for all bowel cancer patients in his constituency.
At the recent Be Loud Be Clear Parliamentary Reception, Mr Metcalfe heard from both bowel cancer patients and the charity, Beating Bowel Cancer, about the importance of good experience for all patients.
Stephen Metcalfe MP said: “I’m happy to sign this pledge and support the principles in any way I can. This is a devastating disease so I will do all I can to work with the local NHS to ensure they are providing the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to treating bowel cancer patients.”
Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, added: “We strongly believe that patient experience should be an integral part of the NHS and it is vital that better care is secured for all bowel cancer patients.”
“We know of many cases where patients simply aren’t getting the level of care they need. We are therefore pleased to launch our Service Pledge as a measure of how hospitals should be providing a good experience to the bowel cancer patients they treat.”
To find out more about bowel cancer and to read the full Service Pledge, please visit the charity’s website: www.beatingbowelcancer.org.