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Bowel Cancer Screening Update

January 8, 2019 12:35 PM
By Stephen Lloyd MP

Speaking in today's parliamentary debate on reducing the age of bowel cancer screening from
60 to 50 years old:

I was pleased to hear in August last year that Health Minister, Steve Brine MP, and the Department of Health had agreed to local constituent, Lauren Backler's, ask that the NHS begin screening for Bowel Cancer from the age of 50, using the FIT test kit.

Especially as I had challenged him twice in Parliament over the year to do so, as well as sponsoring an Early Day Motion (http://bit.ly/edm617) which had received significant cross-party Parliamentary support.

I am disappointed, though, that since announcing the decision the NHS has failed to reveal what exact plans they have to expand capacity, to ensure the proper roll-out of bowel cancer screening from the age of 50.

Then this week the Department of Health and the Prime Minister announced a 10-year plan for the NHS, but still failed to reveal clear steps to increase capacity for early Bowel Cancer diagnosis. So today in a Westminster Hall Debate, I challenged the Health Minister on the omission of a capacity and funding plan for the promised early diagnosis of Bowel Cancer.

Despite 'expressions of support' he still failed to give me precise dates on the proposed roll-out, nor a firm commitment on the resource and capacity requirements. I'm sure all is on track, but I WILL keep up the pressure in Parliament until we get that confirmed start date!

Lauren, her mum and the hundreds of thousands of folk across Eastbourne and the UK who've backed her campaign deserve nothing less.....

Speaking in today's parliamentary debate on reducing the age of bowel cancer screening from 60 to 50 years old: I was...

Posted by Stephen Lloyd on Tuesday, 8 January 2019