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Cancer patients 'forced to chose between finances and employment' - charity

Some cancer patients face a “cliff edge” of choosing between their health and finances as the shielding programme draws to a close, a charity has warned.

Macmillan Cancer Support said that the shielding programme, whereby people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to the risks of Covid-19 have been asked to take extra measures to protect themselves, has been a “vital lifeline”.

But the programme, which will be “paused” from August 1 in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and on August 16 in Wales, will see many people forced to return to work.

A survey conducted by Macmillan Cancer Support, and shared with the PA news agency, found that many cancer patients were fearful of returning to workplaces, with 42% saying they feel it is currently unsafe for them to work outside of their home.

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