To keep pancreatic cancer high on the agenda and a priority for Governments across the UK we engage with elected representatives across the UK parliaments and devolved assemblies. We make sure that our political representatives understand the need for change for pancreatic cancer and help us to raise issues with key decision-makers in Government, the civil service and the NHS. We connect representatives to local constituents affected by pancreatic cancer and share local data on the disease. We also provide the Secretariat for the All Party Group (APPG) on Pancreatic Cancer.
Our Parliamentary Debates
On 2nd April 2019, we secured a Westminster Hall debate tabled by Nic Dakin MP on the need for faster treatment, as highlighted in our Demand Faster Treatment campaign, with contributions from Henry Smith MP, Jim Shannon MP, Ivan Lewis MP and Emma Lewell-Buck MP. Watch the debate or read the transcript to find out more about the debate.
In Scotland, we achieved a parliamentary debate on pancreatic cancer on the 21st November 2018, through the continued support of Clare Adamson MSP. In the debate, the case for faster treatment was heard, with contributions from MSPs including Miles Briggs, Monica Lennon and Clare Adamson. Read the transcript from the debate.
Demand Faster Treatment petition hand-in
With an incredible 100,600 people supporting our petition to Demand Faster Treatment for pancreatic cancer, on Monday 4th March we handed in the petition to the Government at 10 Downing Street. This was a great day to show the wealth of public support for the campaign. Read our blog to find out how the day unfolded.
We were also pleased to hand-in our petition to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport in Scotland, the Head of the Cabinet Division in Wales and the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.
All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pancreatic Cancer
All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal cross party groups in parliament that bring together members of the House of Commons (MPs) and the House of Lords (Peers). The APPG on pancreatic cancer was established in 2012, providing an excellent forum for keeping pancreatic cancer high on the political agenda, through debates, as well as oral and written questions. Pancreatic Cancer UK plays an important role by acting as the secretariat for the APPG.
Find out more about the APPG on Pancreatic Cancer; the work that the APPG does, future meetings and published reports here.
Collaboration with other charities is key to ensure that pancreatic cancer stays high on the national agenda of the Government and NHS. Pancreatic Cancer UK is a member of coalitions such as the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce, Cancer52, Cancer Campaigning Group (CCG) and the Scottish Cancers Coalition.
We also work alongside other pancreatic cancer charities to raise the profile of pancreatic cancer.
UK National Parliaments
We campaign with parliamentarians and assembly members across the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that everyone with pancreatic cancer in the UK has access to the best standards of care and treatment.
We have held receptions and briefing events in each UK parliament and assembly during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November. We are a member of the Cross Party Group on Cancer in Scotland and in Northern Ireland. As part of our Demand Faster Treatment Campaign in 2018 and 2019, we were delighted to have cross-party support when handing in our petitions to the Scottish Government and the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.