Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today challenged the Government to re-establish a parliamentary inquiry into funding for research into brain tumours. Mr Carmichael asked the Health Minister to support a fresh inquiry and to revisit the funding of brain cancer, which accounts for 10% of under-50s cancer deaths in the UK while receiving only 2% of UK cancer research investment. Jo Churchill, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care, agreed to meet with Mr Carmichael to discuss the issues raised.
Speaking in the House, Mr Carmichael said:
“10% of all cancer deaths for people under 50 are from brain tumours but still as a cancer it receives only 2% of the money spent on cancer research. The previous Government established an inquiry into this to see what more could be done.
“Does the Minister agree that this month, Brain Tumour Awareness Month, would be a good time to re-establish that inquiry?”
Responding for the Government, Jo Churchill, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care, said:
“I would be more than happy to meet with the gentleman and talk about his ambitions, the funding is going up, and as I said before, all cancer charities that drive awareness, particularly with some of those where we are really not moving forward fast enough, is always welcome to me.”
Reacting after the exchange, Mr Carmichael said:
“I welcome the Minister’s commitment to meet and discuss these issues. I hope that the Government will look seriously at re-establishing the inquiry on funding for brain tumour research. We need a public spotlight on brain tumour research to ensure further action, and I would encourage anyone in the Northern Isles who is affected by the issue to get in touch with my office.”