Andrew Selous – Cancer Priorities Debate – February 2014
Andrew Selous MP raised the issue of funding for brain tumour research during the House of Common’s debate on Cancer Priorities on the 13th of February. Andrew, who is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours, gave a passionate speech outlining the need for greater funding into brain tumour research and how the cancer had become “the poor relation” of research funding.
The debate was arranged to consider the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer report on cancer priorities in the NHS and the series of recommendations set out for the Government to reach its target to save an additional 5,000 people every year by 2014/15. Included in these recommendations was the need for a greater focus on research and this was a point that Andrew Selous emphasised in his speech, highlighting that only £1,400 was spent on research for every death from a brain tumour compared to £7,700 for leukaemia.
Andrew began his speech talking about Nicole Witts, a constituent of his who first raised his attention to the current state of brain tumour research funding. Nicole a brain tumour patient and great supporter of ours, runs our Umbrella Group Head 1st. He emphasised that brain cancer was in the small minority of cancers becoming more prevalent and seeing no drops in mortality rates. During his speech Andrew paid tribute to the work of a number of organisations and singled out Brain Tumour Research in particular for the work put into July 2013’s report on National Research Funding. Jane Ellison MP, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, was also present to underline the Government’s commitment to improving cancer survival rates and explained the Government’s policy to ring-fence funds for cancer and an improvement in early diagnosis.
Brain Tumour Research would like to thank Andrew Selous for being a voice for brain tumours in the debate and for his hard work as the All Party Parliamentary Group Chair.
The full transcript of the debate can be found here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140213/debtext/140213-0003.htm#140213-0003.htm_spnew3
The APPG on Cancer’s report “Cancer Across the Domains: Cancer Priorities for the New NHS” can be found here: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/Documents/GetInvolved/Campaigns/Campaigns/APPG/BritainAgainstCancer2013/BritainAgainstCancer-CancerAcrossDomains-reportDec2013.pdf