Cancer Patient Advisory Committee Call for Expressions of Interest for Membership

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Minister for Health seeks Expressions of Interest for Membership 

of Cancer Patient Advisory Committee 

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today sought expressions of interest for membership of a Cancer Patient Advisory Committee.

The establishment of the Cancer Patient Advisory Committee marks a further step in the implementation of National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026” said the Minister.

“The Cancer Patient Forum was a major feature of the development of the National Cancer Strategy. This is reflected in the recommendations of the Strategy, which have a focus on providing support to patients during their cancer journey, including after their treatment has finished. The Cancer Patient Advisory Committee is now being set up in line with Recommendation 39 of the Strategy, and it will facilitate continued effective input by patients with cancer into the development of programmes”.

Primarily the Committee will be made up of those who have direct experience of cancer treatment as a patient.  People who have supported a family member or close friend through cancer treatment, or those who support cancer patients as part of their work, may also be considered.

Launching the call for expressions of interest, Minister Harris said “There are currently about 150,000 people living with and beyond cancer. This number will increase as cancer incidence grows, due to an increasing and an aging population combined with better treatment. The establishment of a Cancer Patient Advisory Committee will ensure the continued provision of strong, informed patient input into policy making and planning.”

Please click here to read more about the National Cancer Strategy and to download an Expression of Interest form (application period will run until 19th October 2018) on the Department of Health website.