In today’s session, the Petitions Committee, which comprises MPs from across all political parties, heard from Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, about what the Government was doing to help advance research into brain tumours. A video recording of the session is available here and at the bottom of this article.
Members of the Committee focused their questions around the allocation of Government funding for research into brain tumours, how the Department of Health & Social Care is working to develop the infrastructure and grow the workforce required to facilitate more research, what the Department is doing to improve diagnosis rates, and what steps are being taken to ensure the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission is not duplicating previous work. Mr Hancock also gave assurances that families who have lost loved ones to a brain tumour will be fully involved in helping to move recommendations forward thanks to the organisations involved in the process.
In May 2018, the Government increased its contribution by £20 million, taking the total funding package up to £65 million, in honour of the campaigning work of the late Baroness Tessa Jowell.
See below for a video of today's Petitions Committee meeting: