All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups which are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords. Many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities. Bloodwise run the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer on behalf of the Chair, Henry Smith MP (Con, Crawley) and the Vice Chair, Colleen Fletcher (MP, Lab Coventry North East).
The APPG on Blood Cancer was set up in 2017 and continues to meet on a regular basis. We discuss issues which impact on people affected by blood cancer. In the last few months we have held meetings on early diagnosis, CAR-T treatment, access to drugs and treatments and rapid diagnostic centres.
Speakers at our meetings have come from NHS England, Cancer Research UK, the Royal College of Pathologists and charity representatives. We are always joined by a wide group including people affected by blood cancer, colleagues from other charities and organisations and Parliamentarians.
The APPG on Blood Cancer is pleased to announce that it will be launching an inquiry into the benefits of genomic medicine in blood cancer, the supporting infrastructure and any challenges that the system faces.
England is the first country in the world to offer whole genome sequencing as part of routine healthcare so we are very excited to be working with Henry Smith MP and the other officers of the APPG to investigate the future for this and the promise it holds for people affected by blood cancer.
The APPG will be taking written evidence on the topic of the benefits and challenges of genomic medicine and how we can ensure the system meets these needs. If you would like to give written evidence in a professional capacity, please do so here.
The scope for the inquiry can be found here.
About the All Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer (APPGBC) was first established in June 2016. It re-formed in July 2017. The elected officers are:
All Party Parliamentary Group Chair: Henry Smith MP
All Party Parliamentary Group Vice-Chairs: Colleen Fletcher MP, Maggie Throup MP
All Party Parliamentary Group Officers: Jim Shannon MP, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Jess Phillips MP
Bloodwise provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer and works closely with a wider blood cancer community to support the group’s work. For more information, please get in touch. You can also follow the APPGBC on Twitter.