National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
PM admits brain cancer “too often neglected”
There was a surprise mention for brain tumours at PMQ’s yesterday when Chris Bryant, Labour MP for Rhonnda, asked the Prime Minister: “Covid has left tens of thousands of people in this country with problems that are remarkably similar to a brain injury. They are going to need long-term neurorehabilitation. When we add them to the 1.4 million people who, before covid came along, had suffered from a brain injury - from carbon monoxide poisoning, concussion in sport, stroke, a traumatic brain injury or foetal alcohol syndrome - that is a phenomenal financial and medical need.
“I urge the Prime Minister - there still is not anybody in this country who takes sole charge of this area of brain injury. It is a hidden pandemic, because someone cannot often see that the person across the other side of the room is affected. Maybe the Prime Minister should meet a group of us to talk about it, because it affects every single Department of Government and I really want him to take it on, so that all these people get the support that they need.”
The Prime Minister responded: “I am really grateful to the hon. gentleman. I know that he was going to raise this with me yesterday and I hope that he forgives for me not allowing him to intervene, entirely inadvertently. He has raised an extremely important point. I believe that not only brain injury - he is right to raise the 1.4 million people - but brain cancer is an area that is too often neglected in our system and may fall through the cracks. I certainly undertake to get him the meeting that he needs, whether it is with me or the relevant Minister. I cannot currently promise that, but he will get the meeting he needs.”
This follows the Chair Of the APPG on Brain Tumours, Derek Thomas, asking the PM at PMQs in March if he could present our #braintumourpetition report to the PM when current restrictions allow. Boris Johnson said that he would “look forward” to that meeting.
Clearly brain tumour research is an area that is on the PM’s mind – a state of affairs we will work hard to maintain.
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