Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, is urging the Government to give far more priority to brain tumour research following a parliamentary report which says patients with brain tumours are failed at every stage – from diagnosis and treatment to research funding.
Orkney fundraiser Caroline Critchlow, gave evidence to Parliament’s Petitions Committee who have produced this report. Mr Carmichael hopes that their assessment of brain tumour research as “inadequate” and “not given sufficient priority” will prompt a sharp change in the Government’s attitude to research funding which currently stands at just 1.5% of national spending on cancer research.
Commenting, Mr Carmichael said:
“I know the suffering and stress brain tumour diagnosis can cause to families. The cancer affects an especially high number of young people and children, many of whom may be in ordinary good health.
“This week I was pleased to attend the launch of the report in Parliament and hear from those who have survived a brain tumour and those who are fighting for a fair deal on funding. The report reveals what people already campaigning know about brain tumour research – for too long it has been woefully underfunded compared with other cancer research.
“That we have got a report like this is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of people like Caroline Critchlow and others in the Brain Tumour Research campaign. They never take “no” for an answer and as last they are getting the attention their efforts deserve.
“I hope this comprehensive report will provide a wake-up call for the Government and officials in the Department of Health. Less than 20% of those diagnosed with brain tumours survive five years. Those who have suffered from brain tumours just want future funding to be a on an even field. We owe that to them.”
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