Parliamentary event marks release of AXREM radiotherapy manifesto update

Following the release of AXREM’s Manifesto for Radiotherapy: Driving Towards a Modern, World-class Radiotherapy Service in November 2023, a parliamentary event took place to officially launch the updated paper. The event held at Westminster was hosted by Tim Farron MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Radiotherapy.

RaRepresentatives from Radiotherapy UK, The Brain Tumour Trust, Tessa Jowell Foundation, RadChat, the Institute of Engineering in Medicine and NHS Supply Chain were in attendance along with AXREM representing Brainlab, Elekta, Philips, Varian and RaySearch. During the speeches AXREM chair Jeevan Gunaratnam spoke about the important work that the association does. AXREM radiotherapy convenor Dan Baines spoke about the work of the Radiotherapy Special Focus Group and advised that when it comes to cancer treatment, radiotherapy is the quiet, unassuming treatment. But there is a hugely dedicated, highly skilled, precise network of staff and technology that delivers cancer treatment to the UK population.

The manifesto calls for urgent focus on three main areas for radiotherapy: leadership, funding and access. Farron spoke about the work of the APPG for Radiotherapy and AXREM’s alignment to this work in the manifesto.

Lead picture: Tim Farron MP (centre) joins representatives from across the industry in welcoming the updated AXREM radiotherapy manifesto.

Published on page 7 of the February 2024 issue of RAD Magazine.

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