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Crawley MP pledges to be a bowel cancer champion

Henry Smith MP has pledged to become a Bowel Cancer Champion and lead change in Parliament for people affected by the disease, at Bowel Cancer UK’s parliamentary reception in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 30th January.

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Henry Smith MP has pledged to become a Bowel Cancer Champion and lead change in Parliament for people affected by the disease, at Bowel Cancer UK’s parliamentary reception in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 30th January.Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer, making it the UK’s fourth most common cancer. It is also the second biggest cancer killer, more than 16,000 people die from the disease every year.

Bowel cancer screening can detect the disease at an early stage in people with no symptoms when it is easier to treat, and with a greater chance of survival. Last year, the Government announced they will lower the bowel cancer screening age from 60 to 50 across England using the potentially more accurate faecal immunochemical test (FIT). Introducing these initiatives will save more lives from this disease.

The Crawley MP will work with Bowel Cancer UK to improve early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care both in Crawley and nationally. By bringing people together, such as patients and families, doctors and nurses, scientists and politicians Bowel Cancer UK will create a future where nobody dies of the disease.

Henry said;

“It simply isn’t acceptable that so many people die from bowel cancer each year. That’s why I’m proud to be working with Bowel Cancer UK and helping them make real change happen through my role as a Bowel Cancer Champion.

“I look forward to using my position in Parliament to call for changes which can improve outcomes for patients with the disease in Crawley. Together we can stop people dying of bowel cancer.”

Asha Kaur, Head of Policy & Campaigns at Bowel Cancer UK, commented;

“I’m delighted that Henry Smith MP has pledged to become a Bowel Cancer Champion. Henry will serve as a valuable ally in helping us to put bowel cancer firmly on the political agenda and campaigning for crucial improvements to services for bowel cancer patients both nationally and in Crawley.”

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Henry Smith MP: NHS Scaremongering over trade bill is appalling

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This week the House of Commons voted on the Trade Bill. This legislation is a continuity Bill, and cannot be used to implement new free trade agreements.

Indeed, it is designed to enable those free trade agreements that the EU had signed with other countries before the UK left to be transitioned.

Our NHS is already protected by specific exceptions and reservations in these trade agreements. Some 20 continuity agreements have already been signed, retaining all of these protections for the NHS.

Sadly, but predictably, some have sought to frighten people with cynical fake news into believing those MPs, like me, who supported this Bill voted to sell our NHS to foreign companies, that is simply not the case. Such scare tactics when it comes to our NHS, especially during a global pandemic, are appalling and those involved in misinformation should be ashamed of themselves.

Anyway, international treaties cannot themselves amend domestic legislation and any changes required as a result of trade agreements would be subject to the separate scrutiny and approval of Parliament.

Some of the amendments to the Bill were laid with little other intention than to prompt parliamentary debate on a topic. Unfortunately, the scope of some amendments has been wilfully misinterpreted by some, as is often the case with opposition amendments.

The Government has made an absolute commitment that our NHS will not be on the table in any future trade agreements to which Britain is party.

This was clear in the manifesto which I, and every single other Conservative MP, was elected on at last December’s General Election.

Also earlier this week I met with the Health & Social Care Secretary where we discussed promising developments in securing a COVID-19 vaccine, support for cancer patients and an above inflation pay rise for National Health Service clinicians.

The facts are that record high levels of NHS investment are being made by this Government with some 6,000 extra doctors and 12,000 additional nurses recently recruited.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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