Keep your promise to lower bowel cancer screening age, Eastbourne MP tells Government

Stephen Lloyd MP challenged the Health Minister Steve Brine MP in Parliament this week over lowering the bowel screening age
Stephen Lloyd MP challenged the Health Minister Steve Brine MP in Parliament this week over lowering the bowel screening age

Stephen Lloyd MP is urging the Government to keep to its commitment to reduce the bowel cancer screening age after an Eastbourne woman’s successful campaign.

Lauren Backler lobbied to lower the screening age to 50 after her mother Fiona died of the disease aged just 55.

Lauren Backler with her mother Fiona, who sadly died of bowel cancer

Lauren Backler with her mother Fiona, who sadly died of bowel cancer

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The Department for Health announced its decision to do so in August, but there has been no news since.

Eastbourne MP Mr Lloyd said, “I am disappointed that, since announcing the decision, the NHS has failed to reveal what plans they have to expand capacity to ensure the proper roll-out of bowel cancer screening from the age of 50.”

He said a 10-year plan for the NHS released this week ‘failed’ to reveal any clear steps to increase capacity for early bowel cancer diagnosis.

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So in a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday (January 8), Mr Lloyd challenged the Health Minister Steve Brine MP on the omission of a capacity and funding plan for early diagnosis, specifically for bowel cancer.

Mr Lloyd said, “He failed to give me precise dates on the proposed roll-out nor a commitment on the resource and capacity requirements. I will keep up the pressure in Parliament until we get that start date.

“Lauren, her mum and the hundreds of thousands of folk across the UK backing her campaign deserve nothing less.”