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Part of Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:47 pm on 15th October 2014.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health 4:47 pm, 15th October 2014

The right hon. Gentleman may want to forget that, when he left office, we had the worst cancer survival rate in western Europe, but why did we have that? We had the worst cancer survival rate in western Europe because we were not diagnosing cancers quickly enough. Under this Government—this is the inconvenient truth for the Labour party—we have treated for cancer nearly three quarters of a million more people than in the last Parliament. We have done that because, as the Prime Minister said, we are referring 50% more people. Access to cancer care has dramatically improved under this Government, and we are starting to climb back up the European league tables.