Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Patients give 'honest response' in cancer survey

There has been an "honest response" from cancer patients in the Isle of Man to a survey aimed at improving local services, according to the facilitator.

Elizabeth McGowan said 60% of the 340 people targeted had completed the anonymous questionnaire so far.

The results, which will be published early next year, will help to formulate the future of Manx cancer services.

Ms McGowan said: "We need to know what people experienced so we can give patients the service they need."

She added: "I personally feel passionate about getting it right."

To ensure anonymity, the questionnaire, which is the largest cancer patient survey carried out by the department, is being analysed by Quality Health which also undertook the 2010 national cancer patient experience survey in England.

The patients, who were chosen at random, were told that answers to the survey would remain anonymous. Patients with a range of different cancers are being surveyed.

The deadline for survey submissions is 16 September.

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