CANCER patients living in isolated rural areas had their say in a recently published report about levels of care.

The Commission for Rural Communities (CRC), an independent advisory panel to the Government, published a document escalating the issues affecting patients.

The report, Insights from users and providers of cancer care in rural England, claims that travel and parking costs, rural poverty, lack of awareness and isolation are at the top of patients’ complaints list.

It was also reported that patients felt isolated from front-line services due to poor public transport and that more generally that living in the countryside had a detrimental effect on services.

CRC chief executive Sarah McAdam said: “Rural cancer patients told us about the pain and discomfort of regular and lengthy journeys to remote treatment centres and about the considerably increased costs that they faced as a result.”

Shadow Health Minister and Eddisbury MP Stephen O’Brien said his constituents were suffering because of cuts made to cancer care budgets.

View the report at