In response to announcements made in the Autumn Statement today (Thursday 17 November), Henny Braund MBE, Chief Executive at Anthony Nolan, said:
“We welcome the Chancellor’s announcement of the long overdue NHS workforce plan and his commitment to prioritising the NHS. Despite this, the government’s proposed Cost of Living payments are inadequate and offer minimal support to our patients, who urgently need help now to see them through the cost of living crisis.
“The Government must put in place a financial safety net for clinically vulnerable people, including blood cancer patients recovering from a stem cell transplant.
“Cancer has a huge impact on personal finances. People going through intensive treatment are struggling more than ever due to soaring costs. We are already hearing from people who are planning to return to work before they have recovered, jeopardising their health. Some are even considering postponing a lifesaving stem cell transplant because they can’t afford basic necessities while they are temporarily out of work during their recovery. “We encourage anyone with blood cancer or a stem cell transplant who is affected by the cost of living crisis to reach out to Anthony Nolan. Our expert Patient Services team offers information, advice, emotional and practical support for patients and their families. Patients can call on 0303 303 0303.”