Published — 6 July, 2019

Macmillan Cancer Support

Thank you for contacting me regarding Macmillan Cancer Support’s parliamentary event on 9 July.

Unfortunately, I am unable to attend as I will be meeting students from a local school during their visit to Parliament.

I am encouraged that £882 million has been spent on cancer research since 2010 through the National Institute for Health Research, with annual spending on cancer research up by over £35 million since 2010. I also recognise the indispensable contribution made by charities in driving forward research into cancer. These measures form just part of the NHS’s ambitious wider strategy to improve cancer outcomes and save 30,000 lives per year by 2020. Following the announcement of a £33.9 billion cash increase in the budget of NHS England, I am more confident than ever that the cancer strategy will achieve this aim.

I am pleased that locally we have an outstanding cancer care unit in Harrogate – the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre – which is consistently rated as one of the best cancer care units in the country by professionals and its patients.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.