We believe that cancer must remain one of the main health priorities for the Welsh Assembly and the Welsh Government.
Cancer Research UK in Wales
Last year we spent nearly £4 million in Wales on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. We work in partnership with Cardiff University, Cardiff and Vale Health Board and Velindre NHS Trust, focusing particularly on bowel, breast, urological and prostate cancers, as well as leukaemia.
Helping shape the policy landscape in Wales
Responsibility for health is devolved to the Welsh Assembly which means it makes decisions about health policy for Wales.
We provide the Secretariat to the Cross Party Group on Cancer in the Welsh Assembly. The Group brings together all cancer stakeholders from across Wales, and meets regularly to hear from experts and discuss current Welsh Cancer Policy, monitor the Welsh Cancer Plan’s Implementation, and other topics such as research and cancer screening.
We work with other cancer charities and Welsh Government officials to monitor and influence the implementation of Together for Health: the Cancer Delivery Plan for Wales.
We have successfully campaigned to make all workplaces and enclosed public places in Wales smokefree, and influenced recent legislation on sunbeds which now means that under 18 year olds are banned from using sunbeds, and requires all sunbed saloons to be staffed.
Working with elected representatives
We work with the 60 Assembly Members (AMs) in the Assembly and in their constituencies, advising them on cancer prevention, earlier cancer diagnosis and treatment, and developments in cancer research and clinical trials.
Through our programme of events, AMs meet with and hear the views of cancer patients, volunteers, fundraisers, doctors and scientists.
They do this by attending being active in the community at a fundraising event such as Race for Life, or attending one of our regular AM briefing meetings or events.
We regularly brief AMs ahead of debates in the Senned, and respond to relevant parliamentary consultations and inquiries. We also attend the four main political party conferences where we give our views on cancer prevention and research issues to AMs, MPs, local councillors and other political influencers.
Ahead of the Welsh Assembly election in May 2016, we are engaging with AMs and prospective candidates across all political parties to ensure our priorities are reflected in parties’ manifestoes for the next parliamentary term. We are focusing our calls on diagnosing cancers earlier and ensuring equal access to the latest targeted cancer treatments.
To request a meeting or further information about our work please contact the Public Affairs team.