Activities in response t0 Covid-19
12th January: Debate in parliament on Access to Radiotherapy transcript available on UK parliamentary site here.
14 December: #CatchUpWithCancer and APPG for Radiotherapy Cancer Summit
The urgent summit event was attended by approximately 20 parliamentarians who were all sent their local cancer waiting times ahead of the event. MPs heard from frontline clinicians, patients, and cancer experts about how the COVID induced cancer backlog was getting worse. They also heard that there was an urgent need to fund radiotherapy cancer treatment to solve the cancer backlog.
15th November APPG for Radiotherapy Vice-Chair, Grahame Morris MP writes about #CatchUpWithCancer and the urgent cancer backlog
11th November #CatchUpWithCancer co-founders bereaved father Craig Russell and Professor Pat Price appear on BBC News to discuss new cancer figures
11th November Update on latest cancer figures - #CatchUpWithCancer call for urgent action
8th November All-Party Parliamentary Group for Radiotherapy pays tribute to Radiographers on World Radiographer Day
27th October #CatchUpWithCancer response to the Budget2021 and Spending Review
24th September The Sun - "The cancer community has the solutions, but they need investment and the tools to act”, Professor Pat Price
16th September APPG for Radiotherapy launch new COVID manifesto update at event
20th July Many of the 100 parliamentary supporters of #CatchUpWIthCancer show support on social media to mark one year anniversary of the campaign
27th June Sunday Express article: Hospitals Fear Cancer “Avalanche” – comment from #CatchUpWithCancer founder Professor Pat Price
16th June Parliamentarians and cancer community action on social media to support the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Radiotherapy report: Catch Up With Cancer – The Way Forward and letter to the Prime Minister.
9th June #CatchUpWithCancer co-founders Professor Pat Price and family of Kelly Smith feature on LBC following LBC research – Patients face postcode lottery for cancer treatment with trusts missing targets
8th June Health Questions: Jon Ashworth MP highlights concerns about the cancer backlog, Abena Oppong-Asare MP highlights concerns about the cancer backlog and Paul Howell MP highlights concerns about the cancer backlog
26th May Cancer Summit 2021 and the launch of the ‘Catch up with Cancer – The Way Ahead’ report chaired by Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Radiotherapy Tim Farron MP and Vice-Chair Grahame Morris MP
19th May APPG for Radiotherapy, All-Party Parliamentary Health Group and the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign organised a virtual roundtable as part of the consultation seeking urgent solutions to the growing cancer backlog.
19th May Jonathan Ashworth during the Queen’s Speech Debate: A Plan for the NHS and Social Care calls for a much-needed investment in technology that will clear the growing COVID induced cancer backlog
14th May Professor Pat Price is quoted in a piece in The Times about how the NHS can get back on track after the coronavirus pandemic, ‘There is a collective burying heads in sand on a scale I’ve never seen in healthcare’!
14th May Co-founder of #CatchUpWithCancer and chair of Action Radiotherapy, Professor Pat Price speaks with the Daily Mail’s Andrew Pierce on his podcast: The Andrew Pierce Show: ‘This is a car crash waiting to happen’
10-14th May Action Radiotherapy Flash Survey: One Year On analysing the impact of COVID 19 and the recovery on the front line Radiotherapy workforce
13th May Professor Pat Price, Co-founder of #CatchUpWithCancer and chair of Action Radiotherapy responds to Boris Johnson comment ‘I know it can cope’ about the cancer backlog
13th May BBC News: Professor Pat Price speaks on the number of years of underinvestment and the need to better
15th April BBC News | #CatchUpWithCancer co-founder and petition author Craig Russell calls for a more urgent response to the cancer backlog
15th April BBC Radio Five | Catch Up With Cancer co-founder and petition author Craig Russell says “The backlog is very real and needs urgent action to prevent the loss of tens of thousands of people unnecessarily”
12th April The #CatchUpWithCancer Campaign and APPG RT show support for The Institute of Cancer Research, London’s statement on Radiotherapy
2nd April Prof Pat Price Co-founder of #CatchUpWithCancer and chair of Action Radiotherapy commented on the NHS leadership’s decision to disband the Cancer Recovery Taskforce in the Daily Express “Thousands of people may die by shutting cancer taskforce, charity warns”
26th March New NHS England planning guidance for Trusts published on 25 March as part of NHS England’s plans for COVID recovery. #CatchUpWithCancer warns they do not go far enough to clear the cancer backlog.
18th March Dan Jarvis MP calls for additional funding for cancer services to deal with impact of COVID on cancer
16th March #CatchUpWithCancer and Kelly’s story feature on Radio 1 following charities warn cancer death rate could rise, Craig the co-founder of #CatchUpWithCancer said "In my view, the government has completely neglected cancer patients in this country."
2nd March The Daily Mirror features #CatchUpWithCancer in cancer piece – “World fought back against COVID- let’s plough the same funds and energy into curing cancer Kelly’s parents have cofounded ‘Catch Up With Cancer’ and are now asking the government to make adequate cancer provisions in next week’s budget to boost cancer services, in order to address the backlog urgently.
24th February WalesOnline and Cheshire Live article on #CatchUpWithCancer co-founder and father of Kelly Smith, Craig Russell: Mum who died as covid halted cancer treatment 'a victim of pandemic', dad says. The mum-of-one, who worked as a beautician, was first diagnosed in 2017, but her fourth round of chemotherapy was halted when the pandemic hit. Twelve weeks after her chemotherapy stopped, Kelly, from Macclesfield, passed away. Craig Russell, Kelly's father, has now co-founded the Catch Up With Cancer campaign that calls for the Government and NHS to boost cancer treatments to tackle treatment delays caused by COVID-19.
24th February MPs issue support for #CatchUpWithCancer ahead of the Budget More parliamentarians have joined the call for urgent investment in cancer services at the Budget to address the COVID induced cancer backlog. The #CatchUpWithCancer campaign thanks parliamentarians for their support on social media.
23rd February The APPG for Radiotherapy meeting with Health Minister - Chair of the APPGRT, Tim Farron, joined the chair of the Cancer APPG, Tonia Antoniazzi, the Chair of the Blood Cancer APPG, Henry Smith and chair of the APPG on Stem Cell Transplantation to meet the Health Minister, Jo Churchill. The meeting focused upon solving the COVID induced cancer backlog. The APPG’s 6-point plan to transform radiotherapy and other innovations which would help deal with the backlog were presented to the minister ahead of the Budget.
23rd February APPG RT, vice chair, Grahame Morris MP asked the Prime Minister about the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign and the need for urgent funding to clear the cancer backlog. With investment in treatments like radiotherapy and cancer workforce
18th February Over 75 Parliamentarians sign the APPG for Radiotherapy and #CatchUpWithCancer cross-party letter to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor
18th February Daily Mail article features the cross-party letter: The human face of Britain's cancer 'disaster' threatening 100,000 patients who could miss out on treatment due to Covid pandemic
4th February #CatchUpWithCancer hold a World Cancer Day virtual parliamentary drop-in session and launch a video explaining the crisis and solutions available, over 50 attendees joined the event
4th February Action Radiotherapy and #CatchUpWithCancer join forces with campaigners at Cancer Research UK and MacMillan for #CampaignersConnect event
1st February Prof Pat Price, Chair of Action Radiotherapy and founder of the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign, is quoted in the Daily Mail “Deadly toll of scrapped cancer surgery revealed”
31st January Sunday Express feature #CatchUpWithCancer co-founder Professor Pat Price and APPGRT Chair Tim Farron MP calls for a new cancer recovery plan
27th January The APPG for Radiotherapy join the APPG on Health and APPG on Cancer in meeting Sir Simon Stevens to discuss the urgent response needed to the cancer backlog
26th January Sky News feature the impact on cancer patients and the story of Kelly Smith, daughter of #CatchUpWithCancer co-founder Craig Russell
20th January #CatchUpWithCancer co-founder Professor Pat Price appears on BBC Radio Ulster
18th January #CatchUpWithCancer comment in Daily Mail splash on BBC Question Time debate on cancer patients
17th January APPG for Radiotherapy and #CatchUpWithCancer call for a “ring of iron” around cancer services in Sunday Express
15th January Owen Thompson MP statement of support for the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign Midlothian View
15th January #CatchUpWithCancer founder Professor Pat Price appears on BBC Radio 5 live
14th January The APPG for Radiotherapy join other cancer APPGs meeting Minister, Jo Churchill
13th January Chair of Action Radiotherapy and adviser to the APPG RT, Professor Pat Price appears on the Standard Issue podcast ep 457, pod 138, to discuss Cancer, Covid and the NHS
12th January Daily Mail article “Cancer sufferer fears children will be left motherless after operation cancelled” and Catch Up With Cancer statement on surgery cancellations
11th January Action Radiotherapy chair and founder of Catch Up With Cancer comments on new radiotherapy technology, The Times
6th January Professor Pat Price comments “hugely distressing” to see further cancer surgeries cancelled, The Times
26th December 'Worst fears are being realised' Cancer doctors say huge wave of unnecessary deaths loom, Sunday Express writes on APPG for Radiotherapy and Catch Up With Cancer
23rd December Cancer charities, Royal Colleges and APPG chairs sign joint declaration calling for the Spending Review to be revisited for cancer investment features in letter in The Times
23rd December METRO article on the impact of COVID on cancer services
17th December Chair of Action Radiotherapy, Professor Pat Price, and LaTroya Hall feature on Sky News
17th December Supported by the Catch Up With Cancer campaign LaTroya Hall writes in the Daily Mail about the delays to her husbands treatment and diagnosis
16th December Chair of the APPG RT, Tim Farron calls for urgent investment in treatments, like lifesaving radiotherapy, to clear the cancer backlog during breast cancer screening debate
14th December The tragic story of Sherwin Hall as told by his wife LaTroya features on BBC Breakfast with Catch Up With Cancer founder Professor Pat Price, following delays to treatment and diagnosis.
14th December Catch Up With Cancer campaign launch Christmas “All I Want for Christmas” campaign video
7th December APPG RT Chair, Tim Farron MP calls for urgent action to address the national cancer backlog crisis, Yorkshire Post
3rd December The #CatchUpWithCancer campaign launch patient video series of stories of people affected by cancer during the covid crisis
29th November Two thousand needless pancreatic cancer deaths is highlighted by Pancreatic Cancer Action features in the Sunday Express and features Action Radiotherapy cancer backlog calculations
26th November #CatchUpWithCancer campaign and Kelly Smith’s story features in the Daily Mail
25th November The#CatchUpWithCancer campaign's initial response to the Comprehensive Spending Review
23rd November “It’s the worst cancer crisis in a generation” Professor Pat Price comment in the Daily Telegraph
18th November APPG RT cross-party letter signed by 60 MPs and #CatchUpWithCancer calling for urgent action at the Spending Review features in the Daily Express
18th November Chair of the APPG for Radiotherapy, Tim Farron MP calls for cancer treatment funding at the Spending Review
18th November Chris Bryant MP asks the Minister for an increase in radiotherapy capacity to help clear NHS cancer backlog
18th November Co-founder of #CatchUpWithCancer, Professor Pat Price op-ed in the Daily Express
13th November Professor Pat Price appears on BBC Radio 5 to comment on the cancer backlog and latest cancer data
13th November #CatchUpWithCancer co-founder and author of the 375,000 signee petition, Craig Russell issues a campaign update video calling on the Government to act at the forthcoming Spending Review
12th November Professor Pat Price, founder of #CatchUpWithCancer & Radiotherapy4Life and chair of Action Radiotherapy, appears on BBC News at 6pm and 10pm - Interviewed by Hugh Pym and responding to the latest cancer data and cancer backlog
12th November #CatchUpWithCancer co-founder and petition author, Craig Russell appears on Sky News
12th November Professor Pat Price, chair of Action Radiotherapy and co-founder of #CatchUpWithCancer responds to the NHS cancer waiting times statistics
12th November APPG RT Vice-Chair Grahame Morris speaks on the importance of addressing the cancer backlog and boosting radiotherapy services in Westminster hall debate on breast cancer
11th November APPG for Radiotherapy (APPGRT) meet to discuss the urgent need for a government response to the cancer backlog at the forthcoming Spending Review
10th November #CatchUpWithCancer social media event results in 3,500 emails to MPs in 24 hours
10th November Cancer APPG chair, Tonia Antoniazzi urges the Health Secretary to ensure vital cancer staff are not redeployed away from cancer treatment and care
1st November Chair of the APPG for Radiotherapy, Tim Farron MP, calls on the Health Secretary of boost cancer services to tackle the treatment backlog
29th October The Catch Up With Cancer campaign support report by Macmillan Cancer Support
26th October Debate on the Medicines and Medical Supplies Bill in the House of Lords - Lord Patel asks about requests for approval for focused radiotherapy and the time taken to approve this.
23rd October The Catch Up With Cancer campaign issue urgent call to boost cancer services - Prof Pat Price “We need a massive push to call on the Government to give the NHS the tools and investment it needs to tackle the cancer backlog."
22nd October During an interview on BBC Breakfast - Prof Pat Price founder of #CatchUpWithCancer call for smart solutions in treatment and diagnostics
Lord Rennard asks an oral question on the cancer recovery taskforce which was followed up by Lord McCrea , Lord Balfe and Baroness Finlay
20th October The Daily Express article on new ONS figures and #CatchUpWithCancer clinical expert opinion
20th October Daily Mirror feature Kelly Smith’s story and #CatchUpWithCancer: “ Young mum’s harrowing cancer death as Covid forces thousands to die along and in agony
19th October Tonia Antoniazzi MP asks the Health Secretary Matt Hancock about the cancer backlog calling for resources to be deployed to catch up
19th October Co-founder of #CatchUpWithCancer and father of Kelly Smith, Craig Russell, features on ITV News
19th October The Sun article features comments from Professor Pat Price and the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign on new ONS figures on deaths at home
11th October The #CatchUpWithCancer campaign covered in Sunday Express article
10th October Al Jazeera report on UK patients missing cancer treatment due to Covid and the #CatchUpWithCancer and Radiotherapy4Life calls for boost to radiotherapy
9th October BBC Breakfast TV speak with #CatchUpWithCancer’s Craig Russell about the campaign
7th October The Times article include patients who shared their story with the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign
6th October Tim Farron MP, Grahame Morris MP and the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign, meet with Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock
6th October BBC Three Counties Radio - #CatchUpWithCancer signees share their stories
4th October Action Radiotherapy supporters complete the London Marathon
1st October The #CatchUpWithCancer and Radiotherapy4Life campaign respond to the Health and Social Care Committee report on cancer backlog recommendations
27th September The Sunday Times “Cancer sufferers go door to door to pay for private treatment” article with quote from #CatchUpWithCancer
24th September Stephanie Peacock MP calls on the Government to outline its cancer recovery plan & issue a statement on the cancer backlog
24th September Grahame Morris MP had two written questions answered by Jo Churchill on plans to increase capacity in radiotherapy and funding allocations to replace linear accelerator radiotherapy machines
22nd September Health Minister Jo Churchill answered the written PQ from Daisy Cooper MP on the APPG RT 6 point plan for radiotherapy
21st September Lord Rennard asks about the cancer backlog in the house of Lords
21st September Health Minister Jo Churchill answered the written PQ from Kate Osborne MP on steps to improve radiotherapy services in response to the cancer backlog and from Tim Farron MP on capital funding for new radiotherapy machines to replace those above the recommended age
17th September Health Minister Jo Churchill answered the written PQ from Grahame Morris MP on funding for cancer drugs, chemotherapy and radiotherapy
16th September APPGRT Meeting - to discuss new #CatchUpWithCancer and Action Radiotherapy analysis of the cancer backlog
15th September Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock agrees to meet with the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign in response to Tim Farron MP
15th September Paul Bristow MP asks about the cancer screening backlog
15th September Daily Express front page: FOR THE SAKE OF 35,000 LIVES…WE MUST ACT NOW
15th September Daily Express comment by Prof Pat Price
15th September Daily Mail: MPs warn – Cancer backlog is “frightening” – joint letter from Cancer APPGs
14th September Daily Mail: #CatchUpWithCancer campaign features in Lockdown blow to Britain's health: Hospital admissions for seven major non-Covid illnesses, including heart attacks, slump by 173,000 – as GPs are ordered to see patients face-to-face
8th September Tonia Antoniazzi MP urges Matt Hancock to publish a Government cancer recovery plan to #CatchUpWithCancer on 8th September with Matt Hancock MP responding “We have been working on it intensively and, as I say, the backlog has come down by about half, but clearly there is much more to do”
5th September #CatchUpWithCancer Change.Org petition hits 300,000 signees
3rd September Tonia Antoniazzi MP asks the Leader of the House if the Secretary of State will clarify his comments made on the 1st September about the cancer backlog being half cleared
2nd September #CatchUpWithCancer petition author and father of Kelly Smith, Craig Russell issues direct video message to Matt Hancock
1st September Chris Bryant MP asks the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, about tackling the cancer treatment backlog caused by Covid and boosting treatments like radiotherapy to help - see clip
27th August CapX article by Prof Pat Price - Government must act now to avert a Covid cancer catastrophe
25th August #CatchUpWithCancer petition hits 250,000 signatures
22nd August The Times 107 MPs write to Prime Minister to warn cancer backlog may cost 30,000 lives More than 100 MPs have written to Boris Johnson after the coronavirus lockdown caused severe disruption to cancer diagnoses and treatments. They have called on him to deliver an emergency boost to treatment capacity.
21st August 107 MPs sign the APPG for Radiotherapy & #CatchUpWithCancer cross-party letter to the Prime Minister
24th August Professor Pat Price gives a video update on the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign and thanks supporters
17th August The Sun - Brits now more likely to die from cancer than 15 years ago because of coronavirus Professor Pat Price called on ministers to tackle the growing backlog with the “same speed, energy, and focus” deployed against the pandemic.
16th August Sunday Express - Deborah James - I might be recovering from cancer but my friends are gone Kelly's parents Mandy and Craig Russell are now calling on the Government to get cancer services back up and running to avoid further tragedies and have launched a petition - which has so far received more than 200,000 signatures - to stop tens of thousands of coronavirus-linked cancer deaths.
11th August Hits Radio Manchester interview with Professor Pat Price “This is the worst cancer crisis in my lifetime... we have never halted
10th August Hits Radio - Kelly Smith’s father Craig Russell interview about the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign and loss of his daughter following Covid impacts on her cancer treatment
6th August Hits Radio SPECIAL REPORT: Fears COVID-19 pandemic is leading to 'worst cancer crisis in a lifetime' Professor Pat Price, is interviewed for special report on Hits Radio network
3rd August The #CatchUpWithCancer petition on Change.org now has 200,000 signatures just weeks after being launched
31st July Bloomberg article: Radiotherapy Seen as Key to Solving U.K. Covid Cancer Crisis “Radiotherapy is faster, quicker and remote, so it’s the smart solution to this crisis,” said Pat Price, chair of Action Radiotherapy, who has been an oncologist for 32 years and calls the current crisis in Britain “the greatest tragedy to hit cancer care in my lifetime.”
19th July Lurgan Mail Lurgan Mail article highlights cancer services: Cancer patients, who have had no treatment since Lockdown, still await appointments for chemotherapy says MP
19th July Sunday Express Father’s grief: ‘They stopped chemotherapy as it might make her vulnerable to Covid’
19th July Sunday Express Founder of Radiotherapy4Life & #CatchUpWithCancer, and Chair of Action Radiotherapy, Professor Price writes Delay is a danger: We need to act fast: “Without doubt we are facing a truly national crisis”… “There needs to be a ‘super boost’ to cancer service from diagnostics right through the treatment pathway, to cope with what is shaping up to be the mother of all backlogs. And a good deal of that boost needs to go into transforming radiotherapy”.
11-14th July The #CatchUpWithCancer campaign has also featured extensively in local and regional news
11th July - Launch of #CatchUpWithCancer Radiotherapy4Life have teamed up with family of Kelly Smith to launch the campaign and Change.Org petition on BBC Breakfast TV | to get cancer services up and running, boost radiotherapy and save thousands of lives
8th July Digital Health Calls for innovation fund for radiotherapy tech to help ease cancer backlog - An innovation fund for advanced radiotherapy IT and technical solutions should be established to help ease the “huge” backlog in cancer patients due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new recovery plan published by the APPG RT
8th July Hippocratic Post Prof Pat Price urgent call for resolution to cancer backlog - Cancer Backlog: Action Radiotherapy Response
6th July The APPGRT launch the 6-point plan to transform radiotherapy services and save thousands of lives from the cancer backlog
6th July Panorama - Britain’s cancer crisis features radiotherapy services interview with Professor Pat Price
6th July BBC Breakfast - Professor Pat Price appears to discuss the Panorama findings and in particular impact on radiotherapy services and the APPG RT 6 point plan to transform radiotherapy
23rd June Chair of the APPG for Radiotherapy, Tim Farron MP raises the case for boosting radiotherapy during Health and Social Care Oral Questions
23rd June Chair of the APPG for Radiotherapy, Tim Farron MP, speaks on radiotherapy during the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill | Remaining Stages debate
17th June The APPG for Radiotherapy wrote to NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens requesting a meeting to discuss the radiotherapy services and the potential for boosting radiotherapy to mitigate the impact of the cancer backlog
11th June The APPGRT responds to the SABR announcement The APPG had written to the Secretary of State following the reports in The Times that an announcement would be coming. Tim Farron MP, Chair of the APPG RT said: “It is absolutely vital that the decision to accelerate the rollout of SABR is backed by a detailed plan to make sure there are no further delays to rollout and we bring an end to the current situation where just half of NHS Trusts In England are able to offer the treatment. We have called for the acceleration of SABR for a long time but this welcome announcement urgently needs to be backed up with concrete action and a plan to boost radiotherapy services to help deal with the pressures they are currently facing.”
11th June Professor Pat Price responds by video to the SABR announcement
11th June - NHS England formally announce the accelerated rollout for stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) from 2022 to April 2021 in a press release - The precise radiotherapy treatment which requires fewer doses than standard radiotherapy, cutting the number of hospital visits that potentially vulnerable cancer patients need to make. Rather than full rollout by 2022, it will now be available across the NHS by the end of this financial year.
5th June The Times Extend therapies to ease cancer backlog, doctors tell Hancock includes reports on 243 radiotherapy professionals writing to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care & subsequent NHS decision on accelerating the Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) rollout. While detail of the NHS plan has not been made publicly available the article states “Every UK cancer centre can provide SABR but only 26 out of England’s 52 centres are permitted to offer it, according to letters and parliamentary questions. The treatment has been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, but NHS England had indicated that the national expansion would not be completed until 2022. The Times can reveal that the NHS now plans to bring this forward so that all hospitals can carry out SABR by April but meanwhile the machines sit in hospitals unused.”
The APPG for Radiotherapy responds asking for official detail of the plan: https://twitter.com/APPGRT/status/1268861591816208386
4th June Lancet Oncology - Initiation of the Global Coalition for Radiotherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic Professor Pat Price & Shandi E Barney
1st June Open letter from radiotherapy professionals to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care calling for the end of SABR rationing reaches 235 signatures in under a week. The open letter states: “NHS England must stop rationing Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR). The use of SABR is essential to increase UK radiotherapy capacity, in order to deal with the cancer backlog during the COVID-19 pandemic”
31st May Sunday Express - Putting off cancer treatments is “trading deaths” says experts Professor Pat Price quoted “This will have a domino effect and we are bracing ourselves for a tsunami of cancer cases. Delays in restarting diagnostic services will lead to delays in diagnosis and more advanced cancer. More patients will no longer be curable by surgery, meaning we will have to deal with our own backlog, as well as these cases which were not treated in a timely way. This will likely be overwhelming.”
28th May APPG on Cancer share cancer patient and Paralympic gold medalist David Smith’s strategies to combat anxiety video series from Action Radiotherapy YouTube channel
26th May The Sun - NHS ‘is rationing innovative cancer treatment’ which could help with surge in cases due to coronavirus, experts warn Professor Pat Price "We were at capacity to start with so when we get more patients coming through, we will not be able to deal with it. We've got some real big solutions here and it's crazy that we've got machinery here that could solve some of the backlog and help improve survival, and yet we're not being allowed to use it. It's madness."
26th May Sky News: Experts warn cancer treatment which could save lives is being ‘rationed’ - Prof Pat Price, chair of Action Radiotherapy "We were at capacity to start with so when we get more patients coming through, we will not be able to deal with it. We've got some real big solutions here and it's crazy that we've got machinery here that could solve some of the backlog and help improve survival, and yet we're not being allowed to use it. It's madness."
24th May Sunday Express - MPs demanding cancer care plan - features the letter written by the seven APPGs calling for a national cancer recovery plan to deal with the backlog of cancer cases
24th May Action Radiotherapy, Radiotherapy4Life and the APPG RT launch email your MP appeal calling for the removal of restrictions on advanced radiotherapy that would allow patients to be treated, more safely and more quickly
22nd May The APPG RT joins a group of cancer APPGs in a letter to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock calling for a cancer recovery plan
20th May The APPG RT and APPG on Cancer met with Health Minister Jo Churchill and NHS England National Cancer Director, Dame Cally Palmer to discuss radiotherapy, cancer services and the impacts of Covid
18th May Members of the APPGRT take part in a meeting with all APPGs on cancer to discuss the impacts of Covid-19 on cancer services and recommendations which could be offered to Government
17th May Mail on Sunday - Cancer specialists demand urgent meeting with Matt Hancock over 'crazy' NHS decision to ration treatment features recommendations made by the APPGRT about removing commissioning restrictions on the advanced radiotherapy treatment, SABR (Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy)
14th May Virtual APPG meeting
5th May Professor Pat Price present flash survey results at Global Coalition for Radiotherapy meeting
4th May Tim Farron, Chair of the APPGRT in Politics Home/ The House Magazine live - Radiotherapy is a vital treatment that can reduce unnecessary cancer deaths during the coronavirus pandemic
The APPG RT responds to comments made by NHS England’s National Cancer Director during Health and Social Care Select Committee hearing (2 May 2020)
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Radiotherapy have reacted with concern following answers given by NHS England’s National Cancer Director, Dame Cally Palmer, at the Health and Social Care Committee, which appear out of step with the evidence of a mini-inquiry run by the APPG this week. In response APPG RT Chair, Tim Farron MP and Vice-Chair, Grahame Morris, have written to Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England, to call for an urgent virtual meeting to discuss the findings and set out how boosting radiotherapy services is an unmissable opportunity for the NHS to prevent avoidable cancer deaths during Covid-19
30th April Action Radiotherapy's publish the results of the flash survey impact of covid-19 on UK radiotherapy
30th April The APPG RT publishes a mini-inquiry and the findings are submitted as evidence to the Health and Social Care Committee
25th April Sky News - Professor Pat Price appears as a cancer expert on Sky News to highlight the impact of COVID-19 on cancer treatment pathways
24th April The APPG for Radiotherapy conduct virtual meeting with the Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee, Jeremy Hunt. The APPG agreed to produce a body of evidence for the Health Select Committee’s ongoing work in the area of health services disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
24th April Action Radiotherapy launch a flash survey for radiotherapy professions to understand how Covid-19 is affecting UK radiotherapy
23rd April ITV Central - Professor Pat Price appears calls for action to avoid the “double tragedy” of losing as many patients from cancer as we do from COVID-19 - Cancer sufferer feels 'sacrificed' for COVID-19 patients after vital operation cancelled
22nd Apri The APPG RT were joined in a virtual meeting by members of the Cancer APPG (22 April 2020) to discuss the ongoing need for action to prevent a further epidemic of cancer deaths
17th April APPGRT along with chairs of APPGs on Cancer react to Matt Hancock's comments on Covid/Cancer
17th April Bryan Robson, former England and Manchester United captain supports the Action Radiotherapy campaign to help cancer patients during the Covid-19 pandemic via twitter
16th April The Times Redbox - Cancer patients deserve the best treatment despite pressures of coronavirus
14th April Action Radiotherapy joins urgent teleconference with other cancer charities and Alex Norris MP, to discuss the radiotherapy emergency
9th April APPGRT virtual meeting - to discuss COVID-19 pressures and how radiotherapy services are responding to them.
8th April Launch of Global Coalition for Radiotherapy (GCR)
1st April The APPGRT sent a letter to Matt Hancock warning about the impact of coronavirus on cancer services, urging him to prioritise PPE for radiotherapy professionals and to boost radiotherapy capacity to save lives
28th March National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published COVID-19 rapid guideline: delivery of radiotherapy
23rd March UK lockdown