Eastbourne and Willingdon MP, Stephen Lloyd urges Minister from the department of health to publish the timelines for when a new bowel cancer test is to be rolled out!


Tuesday, 21st March saw health questions debated and I pressed the Minister from the DoH to publish the timelines for when a new bowel cancer test is to be rolled out. It’s called FIT and to quote Public Health England they’ve stated: “FIT is a more sensitive test, so we will find more polyps and prevent more bowel cancers”. Clearly the sooner the NHS start the programme nationally the sooner more lives will be saved, so I’m keen to pin the department down to a precise start date. Whilst I didn’t get that I did get the minister committing, on the floor of the House, that a rollout announcement would be “very imminent” which is excellent. The initial catalyst for this important, life-saving campaign is a local resident called Lauren Backler. It was her initial drive in setting up a petition to reduce the age of bowel cancer testing when her dear mum passed away in only her mid-fifties, that deserves the credit over these important upcoming initiative.

To get things done in politics involves a lot of pushing, nagging and reminding ad nauseam; in short persistence! Not very glamorous perhaps but it’s very important to ‘never’ let up on the issue and as folk in Eastbourne know; I don’t...


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