Thousands of people have been affected by the impact of COVID-19 on cancer screening, diagnostics, treatment and follow-up appointments. That is before even factoring in the psychological impact on those receiving bad news or going through treatment alone, and the financial impact for patients, survivors and loved ones whose employment has been affected by the pandemic.
Systemic challenges in cancer and health services have been compounded by the joint impact of COVID-19 and the recent cyberattack. This has led to people presenting later to their GPs for fear of catching COVID in healthcare settings, people facing longer wait times for diagnosis, and delays in surgical invention and treatment. All of this means that cancers are diagnosed and treated later, which ultimately costs more to patients and families in survival and quality of life. It also places an added financial burden on the state, with late diagnoses costing more to treat.
Cancer services were running to stand still before the pandemic, and despite unprecedented investment in Budget 2021, are struggling to recover.
Last year we called for investment to to “Build Back Better”. Now, we are asking for a sustainable funding stream so we don’t just build back better, but “Build to Last”. The Irish Cancer Society urges all politicians to back our Pre Budget Submission which will build cancer services and care to last, and reduce future cancer burdens.
Additionally, supported by the Childhood Cancer Foundation, The Gavin Glynn Foundation, CanTeen and Hand in Hand, the Irish Cancer Society has for the first time developed a pre-Budget submission that addresses the distinct needs of children, adolescents and young adults (CAYA) and their families, “Supporting Children, Adolescents and Young Adults (CAYA) through the cancer pathway and beyond”. This standalone document has been included alongside our “Build to Last” submission to highlight to policy-makers the very specific challenges families of those with CAYA cancers face.
Here you can find short summaries of our Build to Last Pre-Budget Submission, our CAYA Pre-Budget submission supported by the Childhood Cancer Foundation, The Gavin Glynn Foundation, CanTeen and Hand in Hand, and a full, detailed pre-Budget submission for 2022.
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