Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has urged for more support and funding in research into brain tumours and has also joined calls to end the ‘the Postcode Lottery’ of access for those who need care.
Toby joined ‘The Brain Tumour Charity’ in Parliament to talk with ambassadors, staff and those effected by tumours to talk about the important work of the organisation.
The Brain Tumour Charity is the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours globally, having invested £38m in world-class research in UK and internationally over the last five years.
It comes after a new survey shows that a worrying variation exists in care and treatment for brain tumours across the UK. 1 in 6 respondents reveal that they were not given access to a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).
Toby said “It was a pleasure to visit this drop-in event in Parliament and to talk to members of the charity and amazing ambassadors. It is important that support and equal funding and access is given across the UK to make sure that those effected by a brain tumour can get the vital treatment and support they need.”
He continued “In Chesterfield, we have worked hard to raise money for so many different causes at the Chesterfield Labour club monthly coffee mornings.
I donned my hat and had a cup of tea to help Brain Tumour Research to raise money just last week, so it is clear that there is growing awareness about the importance of brain tumour research and funding for earlier diagnosis.
Working with constituents about causes and issues that have impacted them, such as local brain tumour campaigners, John and Dodie Rutherford is an important part of my job and I will be writing to government to push them to prioritise brain tumour funding.