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Brown to set out cancer care plan

Every cancer patient is to have access to a home nurse in the next five years under proposals to be announced by Gordon Brown.

All 1.6 million cancer patients who have or have had the disease will be offered one-to-one care in their homes as part of plans.

The proposals, expected to be a main component of Labour's general election manifesto as the party pledges to "personalise" public services, will be outlined in speech by the Prime Minister to the King's Fund today.

The move would be part of a wider drive to reform community healthcare, giving people the option of chemotherapy and dialysis without having to travel to a clinic or hospital. It would also be easier to access palliative care and care for the elderly at home.

Officials believe the shift in approach could save the government £2.7b a year by improving the management of patients with long-term conditions, reducing hospital admissions and emergency incidents.

In his latest Downing Street podcast last night, Mr Brown highlighted the government's pledge to guarantee free care for almost 280,000 older and disabled people with critical needs.

Ministers say they want to guarantee free care for almost 280,000 older and disabled people with critical needs.

A further 130,000 requiring care for the first time would receive approximately six weeks' free support to regain independence under the plans.

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"It sounds very good but how does it tie in with reducing community services at the moment? Where will he find the money from while community services are strapped for cash. It doesn't sound financially viable. Understandable though, just before the general election" - Katie, Hertfordshire