Monday, July 04, 2011

John Baron MP hosts Myeloma UK Parliamentary Reception

MP highlights work of the Myeloma Academy

Myeloma UK held a Reception in Parliament earlier this week to launch their new healthcare professional (HCP) programme, the Myeloma Academy™. The Reception was timed to coincide with the 13th annual Myeloma Awareness Week (21 - 28 June).The Academy is an online resource designed to meet the educational needs of all HCPs involved in the treatment and care of myeloma patients. There was a wide range of attendees, including MPs, civil servants, myeloma patients, myeloma HCPs and key individuals from the Royal Colleges and NHS educational community. The event was hosted by John Baron MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC).

John said:

“The Myeloma Academy is an excellent example of a charity helping to reduce patient inequality and improve patient experience within a rare cancer community.”

“It reduces inequality by ensuring all patients, wherever they live, have access to a myeloma specialist. It improves the experience of patients by allowing them to become an equal partner in decisions about treatment and care.”

Being a Myeloma sufferer myself, I can only applaud the good work done by John in support of cancer patients everywhere. The good work done by the clinicians and charities in this field has turned Myeloma from a rapid death sentence to an unpleasant chronic condition for many people like me. I am grateful to them all.