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Plaid proposal leads to unanimous vote for National Cancer Plan

06/10/2021

All parties in the National Assembly have voted in favour of a Plaid Cymru amendment calling for a National Cancer Plan. Plaid Cymru’s Health Spokesperson, Elin Jones AM has welcomed the cross party support for a national cancer plan. Elin Jones AM said that the Health Minister should now bring the plan forward as a matter of priority.

The Plaid Cymru amendment called on the Welsh government to draw up and implement a National Cancer Plan. Plaid Cymru wants to see a plan that treats the person as well as the disease and that looks at the life long well being of patients and survivors.

Plaid Cymru health spokesperson, Elin Jones AM, said:

"I am delighted that our amendment calling for a National Cancer Plan has received unanimous support across the Senedd. Plaid Cymru wants to see the Health Minister bring forward a National Cancer Plan as a priority and this vote signals cross party support for that.

“A recent report showed that the number of people being diagnosed with cancer in Wales is increasing. This increase will inevitably lead to added pressure on the NHS and social services, making it all the more important that they are adequately equipped to provide the care and treatment that is needed. Action must be taken by the Health Minister to ensure cancer services in Wales are able to meet these challenges.

“A cross party consensus has emerged on this matter as the unanimous vote in favour of a National Cancer Plan has shown. I would hope that the Minister will now put the wheels in motion and draw up and implement a National Cancer Plan at the very earliest opportunity.”