Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has signed a letter to the Prime Minister calling for a more urgent response to tackle the COVID induced cancer backlog.

The letter calls for a radical new cancer plan overseen by a dedicated Minister and direct investment in cancer services and the necessary lifesaving technologies.

Parliamentarians representing all political parties, including chairs of All-Party Parliamentary Groups, former cabinet ministers and a former cancer minister, have put their name to the letter and backed the calls for urgent action.

COVID has caused widespread disruption of the entire cancer pathway and recent figures show this has resulted in 40,000 ‘missing’ and undiagnosed cancer patients. Research suggests that for every four weeks delay in cancer treatment, survival drops on average by 10% and frontline clinicians are already reporting that more and more patients are now presenting with late-stage cancers which have passed the point of being cured.

The letter highlights the urgency of the crisis, describing it as “the most serious crisis in cancer in a generation” and calls on the Government to implement the 7 recommendations of the recently published “Catch Up With Cancer: the Way Forward” report led by Chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Radiotherapy and the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group.

Andrew Gwynne said:

‘The Prime Minister and Government must acknowledge the scale and urgency of the cancer crisis and act fast, or risk tens of thousands of lives being lost.


Covid has caused untold disruption for waiting times and health backlogs, we need to see a radical plan to fix this. These are people’s lives we are talking about, and we simply cannot waste time.


I’m proud to be supporting this campaign, and urge the Government to fix this crisis.’

Leading oncologist and co-founder of the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign which supported the report and the letter to the Prime Minister, Professor Pat Price said:

“The COVID induced cancer backlog is the worst crisis in cancer care I have seen in my entire career and the cancer community is desperate for the Government to intervene.


The Prime Minister has said he wants to ‘bust the backlog’ but we have been calling for action for over a year and yet our calls have gone unanswered.


It is encouraging to see solidarity amongst the Parliamentarians and the cancer community who signed this letter who all agree this cancer crisis should be treated as a national priority.”

You can read the full letter here.

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