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:
- 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.