Britain Against Cancer 2012
The 14th annual Britain Against Cancer conference took place on 11 December 2012 with more delegates and more exhibitors than ever before. The cancer community heard from the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, and the Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham.
At Britain Against Cancer 2012, the APPGC launched its latest report: An effective transition? Cancer commissioning in the new NHS, which sets out the progress made in cancer commissioning in 2012 and highlights some key priorities for 2013.
Click here to view the report [PDF].
Summaries of the plenary sessions are below. On the right of the page you will find information about the breakout sessions with links to all presentations.
Thank you to everyone who attended, and please keep Tuesday 10 December free in your diary for Britain Against Cancer 2013.
In the morning session, delegates heard from John Baron who launched the APPGC’s latest report, An effective transition? Cancer commissioning in the new NHS – a progress report, which outlines the progress made by the NHS in 2012 and sets out what needs to be done in 2013.
View John Baron’s presentation to conference [via Dropbox].
In his third address at Britain Against Cancer, Andy Burnham set out the areas where Labour would work with Jeremy Hunt to achieve cross party consensus.
A plan to get half of the population active by 2025
Implementation of plain packaging of cigarettes
A food labelling scheme to help to improve people’s diets.
He also outlined priority areas for a future Labour government, including improving survival rates, championing research and increasing access to radiotherapy treatment. Delegates questioned the Shadow Secretary of State on Labour’s plan to ensure that all cancer patients have access to the drugs they need.
Delegates heard from an expert panel discussion featuring Sir Mike Richards, Director of Domain One at the NHS Commissioning Board, Julietta Patnick, Director of NHS Cancer Screening Programme, Dr Janet Atherton, President of the Association of Directors of Public Health and Alastair McLellan, Editor of the Health Service Journal.
This session gave delegates the opportunity to question some of the most influential people in health policy today. The discussion covered topics such as survival rates, cancer networks, patient experience, early diagnosis and prevention and cancer screening.
View Prof Sir Mike Richards’ presentation [via Dropbox].
In the afternoon plenary session the new Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, outlined his four priorities for the NHS:
1. A health and social care system where quality of care is as important as quality of treatment
2. A major focus on dementia, an illness he felt there was a “taboo” about
3. To get the NHS to embrace the technological revolution
4. To have the best survivorship rates for cancer and other key diseases in Europe.
He also announced his ambition for Britain to have the best cancer survival rates in Europe, not just to match the European average. An increased focus on health initiatives, early diagnosis and addressing health inequalities across the country will be needed if the UK is to achieve this.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer would like to thank the supporters of the 2012 Britain Against Cancer Conference. All have a medical expertise and commercial interest in cancer. They were not involved in the programme of the conference:
AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, Sanofi-Pasteur MSD.