Cancer care for BAME Londoners

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


According to the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey by Macmillan Cancer Support (reported here:, black and minority ethnic Londoners and those who live in deprived areas, report worse experiences with cancer care.  As part of your responsibility for reducing health inequalities, what will you do to address this?


Answer for Cancer care for BAME Londoners

Answer for Cancer care for BAME Londoners

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My powers and responsibilities in this area are very limited - that is the reason I haven't focused the Health Inequalities Strategy on patient experience or access issues. These are the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Health - his statutory duty.

That said, I have committed to do all I can. On 21 November, I launched 'London Cancer Voices', a campaign led by Macmillan Cancer Support aimed at improving early cancer diagnosis.

I regularly meet NHS leaders - including Professor Jane Cummings, the new Regional Director at NHS England who I met last month - and we review NHS performance including the cancer targets and other issues.

The health commissioners are funding cancer improvement programmes to address via a programme in Healthy London Partnerships.