Poole MP shares Prime Minister's concerns over breast cancer care
ANNETTE Brooke, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, attended a meeting at Downing Street with fellow members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer (APPGBC). The meeting saw the Prime Minister pledge his support for work to eradicate the inequalities affecting the care and treatment of women with secondary breast cancer and older people with breast cancer. The APPGBC delegation of MPs was joined by the UK's three major breast cancer charities, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Campaign at the meeting.
Mrs Brooke said: "We need to ensure that the care of older and secondary breast cancer patients is brought up to par. It was a very productive meeting with the Prime Minister to explain the issues surrounding these areas and we gained his support for our on-going work, which will help to improve services not only in Mid Dorset and North Poole but across England."
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As a result of the meeting, the Prime Minister has agreed to write to the NHS Commissioning Board to ask how it intends to monitor the Breast Cancer Quality Standard, which lays out what best practice in care looks like. In addition, he will back the upcoming APPGBC inquiry into the options available to older people with breast cancer.
Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Campaign and Breast Cancer Care said: "This promising meeting with the Prime Minister is a fantastic example of how we, as charities devoted to breast cancer, are working together with the government to improve the standards of treatment and care surrounding this disease. We hope to build on this encouraging start as we move towards bridging the gap in survival and saving more lives from this disease."