UK Government

Department of Health: New voice for BME Cancer Patients

Press Release   •   Jan 22, 2010 11:14 GMT

A new advisory panel has been set up to give cancer patients from black and minority ethnic backgrounds a greater voice in their care, the National Cancer Action Team announced today.

The National Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Cancer Patient Advisory Panel, is the latest initiative from the National Cancer Action Team.  Its aim is to give cancer patients and carers from BME backgrounds an opportunity to share the experiences they have had of the care provided.   Their comments and suggestions for improvements will then be disseminated amongst NHS organisations to help raise the quality of care and support given to cancer sufferers.

Professor Mike Richards, National Cancer Director, said:

"Improving engagement with cancer patients and carers from BME communities is an important part of the National Cancer Action Team's work in delivering the Cancer Reform Strategy. I am delighted to see the National BME Cancer Patient Advisory Panel has been launched.

“Our aim is that the panel will provide an opportunity for BME patients and carers to share their experiences with us. In doing so, the panel will provide information which will enable the NHS to work towards improving cancer services for all".

The National Cancer Action Team is now recruiting panel members from BME communities who themselves have cancer or have had an experience of cancer, either as a patient or a carer, who are aged 16 years and above.  The aim is gather over 1,000 panel members from across England.

The Action Team will be running up to four surveys a year, requesting information on various themes from the Cancer Reform Strategy. The first survey began at the start of this month.

The panel will provide us with essential information on the experiences of people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. The results of these surveys will be published on the Patient Experience National Cancer Action Team website:

Notes to editors

  • For media enquiries please call Suzi Butt on 020 7188 7188 Ext, 51483 or email
  • For more information about the panel and to find out how to join, visit the Patient Experience National Cancer Action Team website:
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