Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed the government’s admission that more action is needed on brain tumour diagnosis but has called for a clear commitment to increase the 1% of national funding which is allocated to researching the disease.
Speaking after a meeting of the cross-party group on brain tumours in Parliament where the government’s response was discussed Mr Carmichael said:
Commenting, Mr Carmichael said:
“Since becoming involved in the campaign to increase brain tumour funding I have asked questions to the Prime Minister, met managers at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary about investment in the neurological ward and worked with other MPs to improve the provision for research. In all this I have been inspired by the tenacity of the local campaigners who will not give up in their quest for fair funding for brain tumour research.
“The event in Parliament was another packed affair, which was further proof of the strength of feeling about the inequities in funding. The government say it is “crucial” that funding is increased and early diagnosis improved. I was pleased to read of the investment of up to £300 million more in diagnostics each year by 2020, but disappointed that specific figures were not given about updated funding for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
“The Brain Tumour Research charity claim funding actually fell to 1.3% in 2015. I agree with the Petitions Committee Chair, Helen Jones MP, that the government do not seem to appreciate the complexities of brain tumour compared to other cancer research. Whilst we are making small steps, I hope the new commission set up by the government can allow professional and experts to shine a light on the specific areas where funding would be best targeted.”
Notes to editors:
The full report can be read here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmpetitions/292/292.pdf