I’m delighted to have been invited to the 14th annual Britain Against Cancer Conference, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer  on Tuesday 11 December at Central Hall, Westminster:


“2012 has been a year of transition for the NHS, with the new commissioning structures taking shape.  Now the Health & Social Care Act has passed, this year’s conference will focus on what action needs to be taken to ensure that patients’ outcomes and experiences continually improve in the reformed NHS.  As ever, you will have the opportunity to hear from and pose questions to key decision makers behind the reforms and top health opinion formers, including: Andy Burnham, MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Professor Sir Mike Richards, Domain One Director at the NHS Commissioning Board, Julietta Patnick, Director of the NHS Cancer Screening Programme and Alastair McLellan, editor of the Health Service Journal.  Plus with six breakout sessions on a range of pressing issues, from public health to improving access to treatment, you’ll be able to hear from experts on the issues which are important to you.”

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC) was founded in 1998 to keep cancer at the top of the parliamentary agenda, and to ensure that policy-making remains patient centred. The Group brings together MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum to debate key issues and campaign together to improve cancer services. The APPGC is supported by a Stakeholders’ Group consisting of representatives from: Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Cancer Black Care, Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Men’s Health Forum, National Cancer Intelligence Network, National Cancer Research Institute, Rarer Cancers Foundation, Prostate Cancer UK and Teenage Cancer Trust.

I’ll be sure to make notes during the day and write up a report.