We believe that cancer must remain one of the main health priorities for the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government.
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. Our research in Wales focuses 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 National Assembly which means it makes decisions about health policy for Wales.
We provide the Secretariat to the Cross Party Group on Cancer in the National 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 are working with the Welsh Government to set priorities for a new Cancer Delivery Plan for Wales. Our aim is to ensure that a new cancer strategy allows the NHS in Wales to meet rising demand while continuing to improve outcomes. We believe it should set ambitious, measurable targets and commit investment and resource to support delivery.
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 a fundraising event in their community, 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 Senedd, and respond to relevant parliamentary consultations and inquiries. We also attend the main political party conferences, giving our views on cancer prevention and research issues to AMs, MPs, local councillors and other political influencers.
Following the Welsh Assembly election in May 2016, we are engaging with new and returning AMs across all political parties to ensure pledges made in manifestoes are delivered. We are also working to make sure that our calls for diagnosing cancers earlier and equal access to the latest targeted cancer treatments are at the top of the agenda.
Are you an AM? How we can help you:
We’re keen to work with AMs and provide them with the tools needed to keep cancer on the agenda.
We can help with:
• Local cancer statistics. We provide tailored local profiles with recommended questions for Local Health Boards
• Expert briefings, speaking notes and policy advice
• Suggesting assembly questions
• Meeting your constituency Cancer Campaigns Ambassador
• Constituency visits to our shops, research centre & local Race for Life events
How you can help us keep cancer on the assembly agenda
There are a number of ways AMs can support us in the Senedd and the constituency or region. For example:
• Using local cancer statistics when speaking to Local health Boards
• Displaying our health information leaflets in constituency surgeries or constituency offices
• Meeting with the team to discuss our policy priorities
• Sponsoring our events in the Senedd to show your support
• Speaking out at debates on important cancer and research issues in the Assembly
• Reading our blog for information on our work and cancer stories in the news
• Following us on twitter
Wales Vs Cancer
As an election candidate, we are inviting you to join the fight to beat cancer sooner: it’s Wales Vs Cancer, help Wales come out on top!