National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
New Minister for Life Sciences & Research
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that Lord James Bethell - a Minister in the Department for Health & Social Care – will be responsible for the Life Sciences and Research. We will be working with Lord Bethell through our work on the APPG for Brain Tumours as we campaign to see the recommendations in our Find A Cure Manifesto implemented by the Government.
A predecessor as the Minister responsible for Life Sciences was George Freeman MP who responded to the public and political momentum of our e-petition calling for more government action on research into Brain Tumours. The e-petition led to a subsequent Westminster Hall debate in 2016 and established the DHSC 'Task and Finish' working group into brain tumours. This was an important milestone in our campaign and the group’s Chair was Professor Chris Whitty, now the country’s Chief Medical Officer at this crucially important time.
We will make contact with Lord Bethell and aim to gain his support for the Find A Cure Manifesto and invite him to speak at a future meeting of the APPG on Brain Tumours.
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