More funding for research into brain tumours is urgently needed
Please support the petition run by our sister charity, Brain Tumour Research, to increase the national investment in brain tumour research
“The House of Commons Petitions Committee declared that ‘successive Governments have failed brain tumour patients and their families for decades’. Their March 2016 report ‘Funding for research into brain tumours’ quoted the most recently reported investment in brain tumour research (2014) as 1.5% (£7.7 million) of the £498 million national spend on research into cancer. Things have improved since then and spend has doubled meaning that in 2018 it was £15 million but this isn’t the £35 million and the parity of funding with other cancer sites such as breast and leukaemia, we were asking for then, and continue to ask for.
Two years later, in 2018, when the report of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) task and finish working group on brain tumour research was published and Dame Tessa Jowell sadly died from her brain tumour, the Government committed to £40 million, with Cancer Research UK ( CRUK), committing a further £25 million over five years.
Another two years down the line we learn that only £6 million of the promised Government money has been spent and the pandemic has seen CRUK warning of a £150 million downturn in their research spending. Where does this leave brain tumour research?”