This week I attended an event organised by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to lend his support to the ongoing campaign for a national strategy for the prevention of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD).
50 MPs attended the charity’s first ever ‘drop in’ session, held at Portcullis House, hosted by long term supporter of CRY and Chair of its All-Party Parliamentary Group [APPG], Kevan Jones MP.
The number of MPs who have now signed a pledge to support a national strategy to prevent sudden cardiac death (#MPSupport4CRY) stands at 171. Read more “Supporting Cardiac Risk in the Young”
This week I joined the Radiotherapy4Life campaign in Parliament to pledge my support for their push for greater investment into this treatment.
This is a new campaign that is advocating for a world class radiotherapy service for all. As many of you will know, this is a treatment that is used to kill cancer cells through aiming high-energy radiation at the tumour. It is used in the management of 50% of all cancer patients.
1 in 4 people in the UK will need radiotherapy at some point in their life and 40% of cancer cures are thanks to radiotherapy, alone or combined with other treatments.
This campaign is calling for the following points to be adopted across the UK:
1. A sustained additional £100m a year for radiotherapy in the UK to guarantee transformational change over the next 10 years.
2. A £250m one-off investment into a New Radiotherapy Centre Access Fund ringfenced to allow the development of satellite centres to end the postcode lottery.
3. The establishment of an independent accountable Radiotherapy Tsar with specific responsibility to develop a national strategy.
I have joined Pancreatic Cancer UK in Parliament today (31 October 2018) to pledge my support for their campaign to ensure those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer receive treatment within 20 days by 2024.
To mark this year’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer UK are launching the Demand Faster Treatment campaign calling on the UK Government to set an ambition to treat people quicker.
Figures released at the outreach session demonstrated the challenge facing clinicians in helping to save more people’s lives. In North Wales there were 142 diagnoses of pancreatic cancer in 2015. Sadly, there were 102 deaths in the same year demonstrating that if pancreatic cancer is not treated quickly enough the mortality rate remains high. This means that for every 100,000 people 18.5 will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 13.3 will die. Read more “Pancreatic Cancer UK – supporting the 20 day treatment goal”
Happy birthday, today, to the NHS reaching 70 years old. For all its challenges it remains free at the point of use, relieving people of the worry of having to pay and it is worth celebrating today. We must remember that the Conservative opposition in the 1940s voted against the NHS at every opportunity up to, and including, 3rd and final reading in Commons.