MPs to debate brain tumour petition report

A CALL for government action to prioritise brain tumour awareness and research funding will be debated in the House of Commons on April 18.

We would like as many MPs as possible to be there. Along with the charity Brain Tumour Research, we are encouraging everyone affected by a brain tumour to contact their MP and urge him or her to attend.

The debate will centre on a report, Funding for research into brain tumours, which was produced by the House of Commons Petitions Committee in response to a petition by Maria Realf, who lost her younger brother Stephen to a brain tumour.

The Petitions Committee report says that brain tumour patients are being 'failed repeatedly' and calls for measures including:

  • Increased investment into research;
  • Greater awareness of brain tumours to help reduce diagnosis delays;
  • A review of the guidelines for GPs on referral of children with suspected cancer, taking into account the information used in our HeadSmart campaign.

The debate in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on April 18 will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of these issues among MPs and to highlight the need for policy changes.

It will not end in a vote on any of the report's recommendations but we hope the Government will acknowledge the Petitions Committee's findings and show willingness to act.

We have developed a template letter, similar to the one drafted by Brain Tumour Research, to help you contact your MP. Our policy team are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Find your local MP's contact details here and then use the template letter below to invite them to the debate.