A few days ago two Conservative MPs raised a significant questions to their Government about the Cancer plan that is currently being assessed. At that stage they were not aware that an identical question had been raised a few days earlier by another MP and although that was not something they were aware of, the fact is that this theme is very important. This image came from a twitter that was published by Sajid Javid when he was part of the the Government. His focus was that he wants the UK Government to be seen to be as strong as the European Union. It would be fantastic if the UK Government would liaise with the EU rather than try to compete with them.
The first question came from a Liberal Democratic, Daisy Cooper who is the MP for St Albans and the response came from James Morris who is the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health and Social Care. The question and answer was published on 19th July.
Daisy Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the 10 Year Cancer Plan will make provision for expanding system infrastructure to deliver (a) radioligand therapy and (b) other innovative cancer treatments.
James Morris: The 10-Year Cancer Plan is currently under review and further information will be available in due course. It is expected that all new therapeutic radioligand treatments for cancer will be appraised by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) technology appraisal process. If approved, treatments are usually made available to patients from the date of NICE’s positive draft guidance.
The two later MPs who asked identical questions were Henry Smith at Crawley and James Davies from Clwyd and their questions and the answer was published on the 25th July.
Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what provision the 10 Year Cancer Plan will make for expanding system infrastructure to deliver radioligand therapy and other innovative cancer treatment.
James Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the 10 Year Cancer Plan will include provisions on expanding system infrastructure to deliver innovative cancer treatment such as radioligand therapy.
James Morris: I refer the hon. Members to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for St Albans (Daisy Cooper MP) on 19 July 2022
The theme is clearly very important and it would be great if the Government would publish these themes more strongly so that all of the MPs and indeed all of us would be aware of it. I only pick out the questions that arise from my local MPs.