Stem Cell Transplants

28th March 2017

David Burrowes, MP for Enfield Southgate, attended a thank you event in Parliament on Wednesday 22 March hosted by blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, in recognition of his support for second stem cell transplants.

Mr Burrowes backed the ‘Defend Second Transplants’ campaign after NHS England announced it would no longer routinely fund second stem cell transplants for people whose blood cancer or blood disorder relapses, effectively denying these patients a cure.

Mr Burrowes contributed to an important House of Commons debate on access to second transplants in January, during which he urged the Minister for Public Health and Innovation, Nicola Blackwood MP, to take action.

The campaign also received a huge level of public support: more than 25,000 people took action by signing an open letter to the Secretary of State for Health, writing to their MP, or signing a petition calling for NHS England’s decision to be reversed.

In response to the campaign, on 24 February NHS England announced new funding for second transplants, providing hope for up to 20 patients annually in England whose blood cancer or blood disorder relapses after a year or more.

Mr Burrowes, who is Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Stem Cell Transplantation, said: “I am proud to have played a part in the success of this campaign, which has defended the rights of blood cancer patients to potentially lifesaving treatment.

“Speaking to patients and experts at Anthony Nolan brings home just how important funding for second transplants is – thanks to this campaign, people with blood cancer and blood disorders whose disease relapses have been given another chance of life.”

At Wednesday’s event, held in the House of Commons, Anthony Nolan awarded certificates, featuring messages of gratitude from patients, to thank parliamentary supporters for their involvement. Anthony Nolan’s Patient Ambassador Emma Paine also attended; 29-year-old Emma has received two stem cell transplants to treat her myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and has now recovered and is returning to work.

“Because of my second transplant I’m stronger, I have my freedom back, and I can plan for the future,” said Emma. “Thanks to all the people who took action, and the MPs who supported this campaign, this vital treatment is now an option for the people who need it.”

Katie Begg, Assistant Director of Engagement at Anthony Nolan, said: “We’re very grateful to David Burrowes MP for his support for our Defend Second Transplants campaign. Thanks to him, his colleagues in Parliament, and the thousands of people who took action, patients in need of a second transplant can get the treatment they need.”

The event was also attended by Sasha Jones, who was denied a second transplant by NHS England in August 2016, and her friend Amy Collins. Amy created a petition on Sasha’s behalf that garnered over 168,000 signatures in support of second transplants. 

Easter Newsletter

Apart from Cadbury's most people recognise Easter, particularly Christians as we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A dedicated holiday on Good Friday highlights our enduring Christian heritage. As for me I will have contrasting experiences of Easter. On Good Friday I will attend the Greek Orthodox service at St Demetrios Church and join with many hundred in procession around the church. On Saturday 22nd April at 7.30pm I will be taking part in a dramatic presentation at my church in Enfield ( donning a wig and gown as a Defence Counsel in a case about the evidence for the Resurrection entitled 'Who moved the stone?'

I recognise my Jewish constituents are also celebrating a most significant time in their calendar remembering the Passover. For others it is simply a time to be with the family and eat lots of chocolate! However you will be celebrating Easter, I send you my best wishes.

David Burrowes MP


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