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Party Conferences: Genomics, Cancer Strategy and Labour priorities

Party Conferences: Genomics, Cancer Strategy and Labour priorities

8th October 2018

I hope you have all enjoyed an announcement-packed Conference Recess. Please see below some of the health highlights.

At the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP announced  that he is making £240 million available for social care packages in England to help the social care services better through the upcoming winter pressures.

Hancock: ‘We’ll use this money to get people who don’t need to be in hospital but do need care’ 

He continued by announcing the expansion the 100,000 genome project by elaborating on his long term vision of 5 million, available to all in the next 5 years by expanding the NHS Genomic Medicine Service’s existing projects.

PM Theresa May also made an announcement in her speech – a new Cancer Strategy – funded through the 70th birthday investment and a central part of the NHS long-term plan. It aims to diagnose cancer patients sooner and deliver treatment quicker.       

May: ‘Through our Cancer Strategy, we will increase the early detection rate from one-in-two today, to-three-in four by 2028.’

A week earlier, the shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth MP announced.that the Labour Party would give more funding to general practice, winter preparedness, public health, paid transport for young patients with cancer, NHS infrastructure and a National Care Service.

Read all three of the speeches here: Matt Hancock MPTheresa May MPJonathan Ashworth MP

Have a great week,

Best regards,

Emelie de WagtAPHG and Health Policy Manager, Policy Connect020 72028580