During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in March, 35 campaigners
joined us in the Westminster and Scottish Parliaments to speak to
politicians about why quality care is so important for all men
affected by prostate cancer. And they drew a fantastic
turnout of politicians - double the number who attended
similar events last year.
The campaigners spoke about their own experiences of good
and bad care, and how important it is to know what to expect. Our
Quality Checklist sets out what good care
looks like, and we are asking politicians to encourage local health
commissioners to adopt it in their area. We hope this will lead to
an improvement in care across the UK.
In Westminster, campaigners had individual meetings with 25 MPs,
and an incredible 93
MPs joined us at our photo call to learn more about how care
varies throughout the UK and receive a copy of our report. This a huge increase from the
39 MPs who attended a similar event in 2012.
In the Scottish Parliament, campaigners met with over 50 MSPs (well
over a third of all MSPs) to share their experiences and ask for
support. Again this was a massive increase in numbers on the
previous year, up from 28 at a similar reception.
We will be continuing to call for politicians and health
commissioners to support and implement the checklist until quality
care is a reality for all men with prostate cancer. Find out more
about the checklist, and how you can get involved, on our campaign