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Patients ‘struggle to access key information’ as NHS staff shortages bite, says report

A report out today warns the NHS has too few staff to provide patients with information and support – an issue we know is key for those diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The report by Macmillan Cancer Support says at least 120,000 patients a year are left ‘in the dark’ about topics including treatments and side effects because of ‘soaring’ staffing pressures.

The survey also found that around one in 12 cancer patients were not given the name of a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) who would support them throughout their treatment.

Our own research shows that too many people with a brain tumour struggle to access support and information for themselves and their families, from the point of diagnosis through their treatment and beyond.

That’s why The Brain Tumour Charity is funding three clinical nurse specialist posts across the UK for people diagnosed with a brain tumour.

We will continue to campaign alongside others including Macmillan to ensure the NHS has enough staff with the right skills so that all patients have the best standard of information, treatment and care.