Parliamentary Reception: Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy Saves Lives & Improves Quality of Life

On Tuesday, November 14, Tim Farron MP in partnership with AdvaMed, the United States Trade Association for Advanced Medical Technologies, will hold a briefing to shine a light on radiotherapy and the benefits that it can bring to patients and in improving cancer outcomes. The event will take place at from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Strangers’ Dining Room, House of Commons, and will feature Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, the lead Minister for cancer services.

In addition to Mr. Brine, the event will bring together stakeholders from the local and national NHS, patient and professional groups, MPs and Peers to consider the benefits of radiotherapy and next steps across the UK. Participants will recognise the welcome progress made to improve the provision of radiotherapy in the UK, raise awareness of the benefits of radiotherapy and consider how we can ensure equal access for all patients to the latest techniques.

If you are interested in attending, please email tessa@mapmedtech.com and she will be in touch with further details.

We also ask that you consider contacting your MP and requesting that they attend this important event on behalf of people living with cancer in the UK. If you are able to attend, this will be a good opportunity for you to talk to them about local issues. You can find out who your MP is and their contact details by putting in the postcode at the link here, and follow these steps in making the request:

  • If you plan to attend, please send them an email to let them know that you are attending a Parliamentary Reception about radiotherapy between 4-6 pm in the Strangers Dining Room on Tuesday 14th November and whether they might be able to come and meet you for a brief chat about services at your hospital and that there will be a photo call and press release. You will need to include your name and address on the email.
  • If you are unable to attend, please send them an email to alert them a Parliamentary Reception about radiotherapy is taking place between 4-6 pm in the Strangers Dining Room on Tuesday 14th November and to encourage them to attend
  • If you haven’t received a response after two weeks, you may wish to follow up with an email or via telephone.
  • Please let us know (Tessa@mapmedtech.com) if your MP has indicated that they are able to attend

Here is a template email that you might like to consider sending to your MP.

Dear [NAME],

As your constituent and a clinical oncologist at [INSERT NAME OF HOSPITAL], a cancer treatment centre within your constituency, I am writing to ask you to attend an event in Parliament on 14th November 2017 to learn about radiotherapy and the benefits that it can bring to patients in improving cancer outcomes. The event, hosted by Tim Farron and AdvaMed, the United States Trade Association for Advanced Medical Technologies, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Strangers’ Dining Room, House of Commons, and will feature Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, the lead Minister for cancer services.

The event will provide an opportunity for you to speak to representatives from the local and national NHS, patient and professional groups about the benefits of radiotherapy and opportunities to deliver improved access and outcomes for patients. [I will be attending the meeting and would welcome the opportunity to speak to you about local services and priorities at the event.]

There will be a photocall and template press release for you to use in local media and on your website. I do hope that you will be able to attend.

Thank you very much for your time.

Yours sincerely,

[INSERT NAME]

[INSERT ADDRESS]