L-R: Jim Shannon MP, Jess Philips MP, Colleen Fletcher MP and Henry Smith MP, officers of the new APPG on Blood Cancer
Our New All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer
As many of you may have already seen, the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer was launched last month and we are delighted to be providing secretarial support.
The group held it's first meeting in Westminster on Tuesday 14 June and played a leading role in the recent Parliamentary debate on blood cancer and the Cancer Drugs Fund.
The group will focus on a number of issues affecting patients, including low awareness of symptoms among the public and GPs, access to specialist nurses and improving the provision of post-treatment care and support.
We're all hugely excited about the group and what we can do together to raise awareness and make sure the voice of blood cancer patients is heard at Westminster. We're going to need your support to do this successfully and there are a number of ways that you'll be able to help out including:
- Writing letters to your MP
- Inviting your MP to blood cancer events
- Attending parliamentary events
- Encouraging your MP to join the All-Party Group
Blood Cancer Awareness Month
The preparations are now underway for activities during Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September. This is a great opportunity for us to talk to MPs about blood cancer and we hope you'll be able to help get some of the key messages out there.
We're still finalising our plans but we wanted to give you plenty of notice as we're going to need your support very soon - watch this space!
If you have any questions about the Parliamentary group or have any ideas or suggestions on how you think you can help as a Policy ambassador please don't hesitate in emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you haven't already please do add your voice to Anthony Nolan's campaign by signing their open letter to Jeremy Hunt asking him to revisit the decision to cut second transplants as an option for patients.
You can sign the letter here: http://actnow.anthonynolan.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1942&ea.campaign.id=47185