Update - Adjournment Debate on pancreatic cancer
Conservative MP Eric Ollerenshaw, Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pancreatic Cancer, led a Westminster Hall debate on pancreatic cancer outcomes today (23 May 2012). He noted the evidence pointing to poor patient experiences and how pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of all cancer deaths, yet receives less than 1% of cancer research funding.
Eric Ollerenshaw spoke passionately about the importance of the newly established All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on pancreatic cancer - and the contribution of all charities, and especially pancreatic cancer charities, working to tackle this disease.
Health Minister Simon Burns, who appeared in place of Care Services Minister Paul Burstow, congratulated Eric on his speech and election as an officer of the APPG. He said that the reports of the APPG will be watched closely by Ministers and the Department of Health.
He congratulated Pancreatic Cancer UK on the "tremendous amount of excellent work" we do, including the publication of the Study for Survival. He also said that the Government were pleased to be represented by Paul Burstow, at our forthcoming pancreatic cancer Early Diagnosis Summit, and looked forward to the report from the event. Other highlights included a commitment to review the lobby for a pancreatic cancer audit -as part of the bowel cancer audit review - and to continue to undertake work to improve early diagnosis of rare cancers, including pancreatic cancer.
UPDATE: To read the transcript of the debate, click through to TheyWorkForYou.com.