(2) how many cancer patients were assisted by the Patient Advice and Liaison Service in the last year for which figures are available.
The Department is working with the Department for Work and Pensions to make available advice on benefits to all patients including those with a terminal illness.
“Our Health, Our Care, Our Say; a new direction for community services” proposes that an information prescription will be developed for people with long-term health and social care needs. The information prescription will signpost people, including patients with cancer, to further information and advice about services, including where to get advice and information on benefits. We expect to include any support, like training, that professionals might need to give information prescriptions to people, in pilots that will be taking place before the prescription is introduced in 2008.