A cross-party manifesto calling for increased investment in radiotherapy provision has been supported by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.
The manifesto was launched in Westminster by Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, and chair of the newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Radiotherapy.
The document outlines the effectiveness of radiotherapy, the disparity between funding for radiotherapy compared to cancer drugs and the need for modern radiotherapy machines across the UK.
The manifesto’s key points are:
By 2025 the percentage of cancer patients needing radiotherapy as part of their treatment will have risen from the current 50 per cent to 60 per cent.
Only 5 per cent of the NHS cancer budget is spent on radiotherapy (£383m a year). More investment will increase cancer survival.
In the last six years, only £424m has been spent on advanced radiotherapy, compared with £1.95bn spent on new cancer drugs.
An additional £100m a year is needed to catch up with and provide advanced radiotherapy in the UK.
An additional one-off investment of £250 million would secure equal access for all radiotherapy patients over the next 10 years.
IPEM Fellow Mark Knight, Director of the Science, Research and Innovation Council, said: ‘IPEM is keen to support this important All Party Parliamentary Group on a topic of great importance in cancer care. Our members, as medical physicists and clinical engineers, have an essential role in radiotherapy, from primary research and the development of new equipment to deliver the treatment, to ensuring the safety and maximum effectiveness of radiotherapy for individual patients. Radiotherapy is a prime example of why we campaign for ‘Science for Patient Benefit’.’
You can read the manifesto in full here and more about the APPGRT here.
Pictured are (left to right): Professor Pat Price, chairwoman of Action Radiotherapy, Tim Farron MP, and Gillian Keegan MP, vice chair of the APPGRT.
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