CLIC Sargent’s call on new ministerial teams

CLIC Sargent today called on the new ministerial teams at the Departments of Health, Education and Work and Pensions to continue to ensure that reforms improve the support available for children and young people with cancer.

The call came after the Prime Minister’s reshuffle of government ministers this week which included Jeremy Hunt MP becoming the new Secretary of State for Health with other new faces at the department including Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb MP.

CLIC Sargent works to influence Members of Parliament (MPs), the Government, the Department of Health, other charities, representatives in the devolved parliaments and assemblies, and the whole range of stakeholders who can effect change for children and young people with cancer. Most recently, CLIC Sargent has raised concerns with Ministers over proposed new guidance for children with health needs in schools and will now be working with the Department of Education as new guidance is developed to ensure it meets the needs of pupils with cancer.

We are also working closely with the Department of Health on the impact of NHS reforms on young cancer patients, and with the Department for Work and Pensions on the implementation of welfare reforms to mitigate any negative impact on children and young people with cancer, and their families.

Lorraine Clifton, Chief Executive of CLIC Sargent, said: “We’re looking forward to working with the new ministerial teams, especially in Health, Education and Work and Pensions, and continuing our efforts to shape what we think are really important changes to policy affecting children and young people with cancer, and their families. We’ve achieved a lot over the past year, and we’ll continue to forge new relationships and collaborate with our partners in government to make the views and needs of those affected by childhood cancer heard.”