PUBLIC SECT0R: Macmillan hires Bell Pottinger for cancer lobbying

Macmillan Cancer Relief has hired Bell Pottinger Public Affairs to assist with its lobbying efforts.

According to the charity's CEO Peter Cardy, the lobbying priority is to maintain pressure on the Government over spending commitments on cancer care, unveiled last year with the publishing of the first NHS cancer plan.

The plan included commitments to £50m additional spending for hospices and specialist care services, and improving information available to patients.

Also in the plan was a recognition that doctors and nurses needed better training in communicating with patients.

Cardy said: 'They made serious commitments, a lot of work has gone on but our task is to make sure that those commitments do not go off the boil.'

BPPA replaces incumbent Praxis Public Affairs. The BPPA account team is headed by MD Peter Bingle and director Neil Stockley.

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