David Burrowes, MP for Enfield, Southgate, is holding a public meeting in his constituency to identify the standards of care that men affected by prostate cancer need at every stage of their journey.
The meeting will be an opportunity for local people affected by prostate cancer, health professionals, local health commissioners and councillors to share their understanding of what high-quality care for people affected by prostate cancer should look like. This meeting will also help The Prostate Cancer Charity develop a national set of standards outlining the quality of care men diagnosed with the disease should receive.
The meeting will be held from 12pm - 1.30pm on Friday 3rd February in Enfield.
The Prostate Cancer Charity has launched this initiative to help reverse the huge variations in care that men experience across the country. The Charity is also concerned that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) decision to delay the development of a quality standard for prostate cancer until 2013 is likely to have a significant impact on the care received by men in England.
David Burrowes MP said: "Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. 37,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and one man dies of the disease every hour. In light of these figures I believe it's essential that we know exactly what people affected by the disease require and expect from our health service.
"I am therefore delighted to be working with The Prostate Cancer Charity on this extremely important initiative to indentify standards of quality care. I encourage anyone throughout Enfield with direct or indirect experience of prostate cancer to attend the meeting or feed into the Charity's online consultation without delay."
Dr Sarah Cant, Head of Policy and Campaigns at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: "It is fantastic that David Burrowes is showing his support for men and their families affected by prostate cancer. We hope many more people in Enfield get involved to help us develop a robust understanding of what high quality prostate cancer care looks like.
"Whilst there have been many positive developments in prostate cancer treatment and care over recent years, we also know that all too many men deserve a lot better than they currently get. We will share our findings with NICE to help bring about the speedy development of clear quality standards that all men with prostate cancer can expect to receive. Men deserve the best, and The Prostate Cancer Charity is determined to ensure that's exactly what they get."
Anyone who wishes to attend the meeting should email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the Policy and Campaigns team on 020 8222 7622 for more information.
If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to feed in to The Prostate Cancer Charity's consultation can do so by visiting www.prostate-cancer.org.uk/takeaction or calling the Policy & Campaigns team on 020 8222 7622.