Activities in response to Covid 19

November 2020

 

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

October 2020

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

 

20th October  Questions regarding the Cancer Taskforce and use of radiotherapy were raised in a debate in the House of Lords

Lord Rennard asks an oral question on the cancer recovery taskforce which was followed up by Lord McCreaLord 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

19th October The Daily Telegraph features comment from Professor Pat Price on the new ONS figures

17th October Daily Mail reports on the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign and the impact of the Covid response on cancer patients

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  

September 2020

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

August 2020

27th August Prof Pat Price appeared on Radio 5 live and BBC regional radio stations to discuss the impact of Covid on cancer patients and the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign

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

cancer services”

  

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

 

July 2020

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”.

 

17th July BBC Midlands Professor Pat Price is interview “It is vital we clear the cancer backlog and get cancer services back up and running. We can save thousands of lives if we act now”

11-14th July The #CatchUpWithCancer campaign has also featured extensively in local and regional news

13th July The Express Cancer petition: How to sign Kelly Smith petition to stop THOUSANDS of deaths

13th July The Sun Petition to stop tens of thousands of Covid-linked cancer deaths hits 145k in 48 hours after young mum died in lockdown

 

13th July ITV Petition calling for action to tackle cancer deaths tops 100,000 signatures

13th July The Sunday Telegraph While Covid has been prioritised, what has become of the rest of the NHS?

12th July BBC News Coronavirus: Cancer patient Kelly Smith's family petition backed

12th July The #CatchUpToCancer campaign petition hits 100,000 on First Day – 150,000 in under 48 hours

11th July The Sun My friend died too soon when coronavirus stopped her treatment – a tsunami of cancer deaths is about to hit

 

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

 

June 2020

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 releaseThe 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.

10th June Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Why radiotherapy is crucial for cancer patients during and post Covid-19 - Joint article by Professor Pat Price and Kevin Brown

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” 

 

May 2020

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

2nd May

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

April 2020

30th April The Times - Cancer patients at risk as radiotherapy machines stand idle - includes the evidence submitted by the APPGRT to the Health and Social Care Committee 

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 RedboxCancer 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

12th April Sunday Express - Cancer deaths set to soar amid coronavirus crisis - The article mentions the APPG RT letter to the Matt Hancock calling for a refocus on preventing avoidable cancer deaths

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 

March 2020

28th March National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published COVID-19 rapid guideline: delivery of radiotherapy

23rd March UK lockdown

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