ON World Cancer Day (Tuesday 4 February), Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced £6.5m for a new digital service for cancer care in Wales.
The new system will replace the one currently used by cancer centres in Wales. By integrating with local and national NHS Wales digital services, people in Wales can be assured that their cancer care and specific needs are being taken into account wherever they are being treated. The new system could be available nationally as early as 2022.
Mr Gething said: “Cancer survival rates in Wales are improving but I want us to do even better. That is why we’re working to improve the timeliness, consistency and quality of cancer care in Wales.
This investment will deliver a more secure, reliable and integrated digital service for cancer care across Wales. It will also ensure a person’s electronic health and care record includes relevant information about their cancer treatment, so that they can have the care they need, when they need it, wherever they are.
“This will support the introduction of the UK’s first Single Cancer Pathway and our intentions to build a new Velindre Cancer Centre.”