Brain: Tumours

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th July 2018.

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Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government response to the publication of the Department of Health and Social Care Task and Finish Working Group report into brain tumour research is planned to be published.

Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the recommendations of the Department of Health and Social Care Task and Finish Working Group report on brain tumour research, published in February 2018; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

All of the recommendations of the Task and Finish Working Group on Brain Tumour Research have been embraced within the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission. The parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Lord O’Shaughnessy) has been chairing the Steering Group for the Mission to ensure maximal impact. The Steering Group met for the second time on 13 June, and appointed Professor Richard Gilbertson from Cambridge as Interim Chair. Lord O’Shaughnessy has a keen interest in this work, and is continuing to be very closely involved. Professor Gilbertson will move the Group towards a longer term, sustainable structure for the Brain Cancer Mission. It is anticipated that a final structure will be in place in 2019. The Group’s next meeting is planned for the end of July.

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