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Charity in NHS cancer patients plea

NHS staff need to be given more time to be able to treat their patients "as human beings, not just a set of symptoms", a leading cancer charity has said.

Macmillan Cancer Support said that patients in hospital want to be treated with dignity and respect alongside receiving the best possible care.

Ahead of the party conferences, the charity has called for all political parties to commit to ensure cancer patients are treated with the "highest levels" of respect.

Professor Jane Maher, joint chief medical officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "Being treated with dignity and respect when you're in hospital is not simply a bonus, the majority of the public want this alongside the best possible treatment.

"All health professionals go into medicine and nursing to do the best they can yet the Government are letting them and patients down. NHS staff need the right time, training and support to enable them to treat their patients as human beings, not just as a set of symptoms.

"This is a crucial moment for all political parties to ensure that excellent patient care is at the heart of the NHS in England."

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