Fareham MP puts forward case for more brain tumour funding

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THE government must do more to help brain tumour patients, a health minister has admitted, after MPs warned of a chronic under-funding in research.

The parliamentary debate was called following an online petition to parliament, which collected over 120,000 signatures. MPs, including Fareham’s Suella Fernandes, urged the government to spend more money on research.

Miss Fernandes told health minister George Freeman £30m to £35m should be set aside annually to fund research – and he agreed that more needs to be done.

He said: ‘I think the case has been made that we need to look more carefully at what we can do.’

The Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence Programme is based in the Cellular and Molecular Neuro-oncology laboratory at the University of Portsmouth.