On 18th April, Prime Minister Theresa May shocked the nation when she announced she would call a snap election for 8th June.
At Pancreatic Cancer UK, we have used the election as an opportunity to influence policy by launching our General Election Manifesto. But how successful has our campaign been so far?
What are the main political parties calling for?
With all parties having now published their own manifestoes, we can see what their pledges will mean for pancreatic cancer patients. Whilst none of the political parties have explicitly referred to pancreatic cancer in their manifestoes, we are pleased to see investment in life sciences and research infrastructure, the need to address workforce shortages, increased standards of care and funding for the NHS recognised by most of the main political parties. In particular, one manifesto commits to implementing the Cancer Strategy in full by 2020, whilst another promises to implement the 28 day diagnosis target set out in the Cancer Strategy. Three promise to seek to protect research funding for the UK when it leaves the EU, including the UK’s participation in Horizon 2020. There is also a welcome acknowledgement within three party manifestoes of the importance of ensuring better access to life-saving treatments, whilst delivering best value for money for the NHS.
Whatever the election result, we will be holding the new Government to account to ensure these pledges are delivered and that they deliver for all cancers, including those with the worst survival rates, such as pancreatic cancer. Thanks to you, we can also hold to account nearly 150 candidates who have responded positively to our manifesto after you approached them about it.
You can still help…
With one week left to go before the vote, we are calling on supporters to help us reach even more candidates willing to champion improvements for pancreatic cancer patients if elected to parliament. To find out more about our campaign and how you can support it visit our General Election Manifesto page.