Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/943/25220

From The Socialist newspaper, 5 April 2017

Financial hardship facing millions of cancer sufferers

Cancer is on the rise while benefits are falling, photo by Laura Sofia Muñoz Oquedo (Creative Commons)

Cancer is on the rise while benefits are falling, photo by Laura Sofia Muñoz Oquedo (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Jon Dale, Mansfield Socialist Party

Finding out one has cancer is worrying enough. Treatment is often an ordeal. Facing financial hardship and insecurity as a result adds enormously to the anxiety many experience.

Macmillan, the cancer charity, says almost 400,000 people living with cancer every year struggle to pay household bills as a result of their diagnosis.

Four in ten people with cancer have used savings, sold assets or borrowed to cover the costs or the loss of income caused by their diagnosis.

But a quarter of people with cancer had no savings at all to rely on. This leaves many people facing rising debts and falling into serious financial hardship.

Family members and friends who care for people with cancer are also financially affected. Almost one in three carers' income or household finances are affected by caring, as a result of them spending more on travel and other caring-related costs.

An estimated 30,000 people with cancer aged 40-59 have had to borrow money from their parents. 16,000 people with cancer are estimated to have had to borrow money from their children.

More than half reported feeling more anxious or stressed because of money worries. More than a third said it made them feel more isolated or alone.

There are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK. By 2030 there will probably be four million. Meanwhile, governments have cut benefits, the NHS and local authority budgets.


Elaine Evans, Chesterfield Socialist Party

I am a carer for my mum and was diagnosed with cancer last June. The treatment lasts for months and at times made me feel worse than the condition.

My mum and I were able to manage as treatment such as radiotherapy is an outpatient appointment. We had temporary help from family and friends who even took the dog for a walk when I was not able to.

I was recommended to contact the department for work and pensions (DWP) for support but had previously found the process of applying for benefits for my mum and carer's allowance for me - followed by a tribunal - very stressful for both of us. I could not face going to the Jobcentre to go through the form filling and long delays - possibly to change benefit - while feeling ill.

I have disabled friends who have had to go through the changes to the benefit system that seem to make everyone feel like a scrounger now. This is so different to the care I received from the NHS where doctors and nurses went out of their way to try to help, despite being very busy.

System

One in two people born after 1960 are at risk of developing cancer at some time in their lives. We need a system that people who are facing illness and financial hardship feel is there to help them, not make the process so difficult that many avoid or miss out on benefits they may be entitled to.


Cancer charity Macmillan has said: "The number of people who need the right financial help and support following a cancer diagnosis is set to grow at a time when key sources of support are being squeezed."

Unfortunately one of Macmillan's proposals is completely unrealistic: "The banking sector, the government and the Financial Conduct Authority should ensure that: the needs of those with cancer - and vulnerable customers more widely - remain a priority across the financial services industry." Perhaps that's because Macmillan's 'corporate partners' include HSBC, Lloyds and RBS.

The banks' priorities are to be as profitable as possible. Governments have made this their priority too. People with cancer have enough to deal with without having to bail out the banks as well.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 5 April 2017:


NHS SOS

Communities and health workers unite to...resist cruel NHS cuts

NHS SOS round-up


What we think

Fight for a socialist Brexit


Socialist Party news and analysis

Fight Tories' callous cuts pushing 200,000 more kids into poverty

Labour group to discipline councillors for resisting Haringey gentrification scheme

Gagged Jobstown defendants defiantly expose the Irish state

Help fund your paper!

Them & Us


Anti-racism

Horrific attack on Croydon asylum seeker

Far right humiliated in London - but trade unions must organise against racism and austerity


Food

What would a socialist food industry look like?


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

TUSC to challenge for the Merseyside 'metro-mayor'

NHS worker to stand for mayor of Doncaster


Socialist Party workplace news

Walkout on three rail networks against driver-only operated trains

Ferrybridge workers protest against 'race to bottom'

Solid Picturehouse picket and protest

Bromley library workers strike against privatisation

Hackney children's inclusion unit forced to strike

Support Len McCluskey and United Left candidates before ballot closes

PCS payday protests


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Homeless due to the housing crisis

Rents up 40% - can't pay, will stay!

Name and shame the worst behaviour by housing associations


International socialist news and analysis

Turkey: Erdogan seeks sweeping dictatorial powers in referendum

Fukushima nuclear disaster - a terrifying legacy

Justice for Yemen workers


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Financial hardship facing millions of cancer sufferers

The Socialist Inbox

Courageous Ebola nurse Salomé Karwah dies


 

Home   |   The Socialist 5 April 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

NHS:

triangleLobby pushes Liverpool council to oppose privatisation

triangleNHS crisis: under pressure from all angles - end cuts and sell-offs!

triangleDemonstration: NHS in crisis - fix it now!

triangleClosure of Nottingham unit shows dismantling of NHS

triangleSustained mass movement needed to stop Tories wrecking our NHS

Benefits:

triangleTory prescription for mental illness: stress and bureaucracy

triangleTwo in five 'right to buy' homes now for let

triangleWaltham Forest Universal Credit protest

triangleDriving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

Family:

triangleThem & Us

triangleProblem gambling soars by 33%

triangleCoventry: march following racist police killing

Banks:

triangleThem & Us

triangleWidening wealth gap, increase in poverty...make the fat cats pay

RBS:

triangleRBS to sack 1,000: nationalise the banks

Government:

triangleTunisia: explosion of protests against government austerity

Doctors:

triangleNHS in winter crisis as Branson creams off £1bn

Pensions:

triangleBT pensions review - oppose the attacks on the pension schemes

Jobcentre:

triangleThe Socialist inbox

DWP:

triangleDWP to outsource more work to Capita

Carers:

triangleOpinion: foster care is work - carers deserve workers' rights

HSBC:

triangleAppeal: Don't let the banks wreck our finances!

Nurses:

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

Pay:

triangleHackney school cleaners strike

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments

19/1/18

Carillion

Carillion and the construction industry

17/1/18

Theatre

Theatre: 'Young Marx' shows growth in great platform for his ideas

17/1/18

Isis

Opinion: British imperialism can take no credit in fight against Isis

17/1/18

Carers

Opinion: foster care is work - carers deserve workers' rights

10/1/18

Housing

Debate: should tower blocks form part of socialist housing policy?

10/1/18

Art

Art can help expose sexual harassment

10/1/18

The Socialist

The Socialist Inbox

3/1/18

Letters

The Socialist inbox

3/1/18

Work Capability Assessment

Tory prescription for mental illness: stress and bureaucracy

13/12/17

The Socialist

The Socialist's 2017 quiz

6/12/17

Fire

The Socialist Inbox

6/12/17

Surrey

Comment: Socialism and truth about Zane

6/12/17

Labour Party

Blairite horror and Labour's divisions graphically exposed

30/11/17

Theatre

Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

22/11/17

Working class

Left comic's take on politics will have you in tears

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle17 Jan Corbyn's Labour needs 100% anti-cuts strategy and fight for democracy

triangle17 Jan NHS crisis: under pressure from all angles - end cuts and sell-offs!

triangle17 Jan We must fight all council cuts!

triangle16 Jan Home care workers to strike

triangle15 Jan Carillion crisis: Demand action to save jobs and services

triangle12 Jan Outrage against 'monster block' plan

triangle12 Jan Mini-strike wave continues and intensifies

More ...

triangle23 Jan Bristol North Socialist Party: 'You can't have capitalism without racism' - was Malcolm X correct?

triangle23 Jan Cardiff West Socialist Party: How the Poll Tax was beaten

triangle24 Jan Caerphilly Socialist Party: The Carillion scandal

triangle24 Jan Cardiff Central Socialist Party: Carillion collapse - Watershed moment for public services

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2