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As part of our series of live web chats, we’re keen to bring you mouse-to-mouse, (so to speak!) with a range of experts and specialists to answer your questions and offer tips and advice. This month Paul Burstow MP, Minister for Cancer Services, will be answering your questions in the chat room.The Minister will be in the chat room from 10:50–11:50am on Thursday 20th January. Put this date in your diaries now!This is an amazing opportunity for you to ask the Minister any question you want and share your thoughts about cancer services in England with one of the most important decision makers in health policy. The Minister is here to listen as well as to speak, so this is a fantastic chance to get your voice heard and share your experiences.We asked Paul a few questions to help you to get to know him a little bit better:What do you enjoy most about your job? The opportunity to take action on issues I care about and campaigned on in opposition.What do you think about Macmillan Cancer Support?I think that Macmillan provides fantastic support for people affected by cancer. I know that so many people find Macmillan’s help invaluable - whether they have just found out that they have cancer, or are trying to get back to normal after cancer treatment, or are caring for a loved one with cancer.
Services like the helpline, Macmillan information centres and specialist one to one support roles provided by Macmillan provide help when people need it most. So, I am pleased that the Department of Health is working in partnership with Macmillan on the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative to improve care and support for people affected by cancer. Why do you want to take part in this web chat?I am looking forward to taking part in the web chat with members of the Macmillan cancer community. Through our review of the Cancer Reform Strategy, the Coalition Government is setting out our strategy to improve outcomes and experience of care for cancer patients.
I am looking forward to discussing our vision for cancer care and how we can work together to improve care and support for people affected by cancer. Could you tell us something about himself that would surprise us? I cook Christmas dinner every year, including all the trimmings!Due to time restrictions, the Minister will only have time to answer one question from each of you, so get your thinking caps on now and choose a goodun’!
To find out more about Paul you can visit his website.
To find out more about Macmillan's stance on cancer policy, please check out our Campaigns blog.
There is one question i would like to ask its to do with Companies who have not got a sick pay scheme and put you on statutory sick pay or make you put your holidays in so you dont lose any money while you are off with cancer, can he make the government bring a cancer sick pay scheme in stead of the stautory sick pay scheme, or are there any payments that can be paid while off work to make up your full wages?
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