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Toby Perkins MP calls on the Government to Protect Funding for Medical Research

Campaigners for better outcomes for heart-related patients received a boost when Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, joined their campaign recently.

Toby showed his support for UK medical research by joining British Heart Foundation (BHF) scientists to hear how research is helping to save and improve the lives of the millions of people affected by heart and circulatory disease in the UK.

At the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, Toby Perkins spoke to BHF-funded researchers and raced around the special BHF track to learn more about the latest research projects and find out why it’s important the Government continues to invest in science in the forthcoming Spending Review and keeps UK research in poll position.

Toby meeting British Heart Foundation staff at Labour Party Conference

Toby meeting British Heart Foundation staff at Labour Party Conference

Toby Perkins said: “There are an estimated 14,540 people in Chesterfield living with heart and circulatory disease, and seven million people across the UK. It causes a quarter of all deaths in the UK. But with the public’s support, charities like the BHF are able to fund some of the world’s leading researchers, who work tirelessly to find the next major breakthrough that could help save more lives. That is why I support continued investment in the Spending Review for the health of the UK and its economy.”

The BHF is the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research and aims to spend around £100 million every year on world class research to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Scientific research has driven huge improvements in the way that we live and work as individuals, and to the UK economy as a whole.

Toby Perkins is calling on the Government to maintain the science budget in real terms. He said, “the UK government invests £198 million a year in the indirect costs of charity funded research, a relatively modest amount when you consider the BHF alone is spending over £100m. We must continue to invest in research to help reduce costs to the NHS money and save lives.”

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