Jo pledges to support people with bowel cancer in East Dunbartonshire

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire has supported a campaign for high quality care for all bowel cancer patients in East Dunbartonshire.

At the recent Be Loud Be Clear Parliamentary Reception, Jo heard both from bowel cancer patients and the charity Beating Bowel Cancer about the importance of a good experience for all patients.

Commenting Jo said:

“I’m happy to support the principles of better bowel cancer care in any way I can.

“Patients with bowel cancer should be receiving the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to treating their illness.”

Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said:

“We strongly believe that patient experience should be an integral part of the NHS and it is vital that better care is secured for all bowel cancer patients. 

“We know of many cases where patients simply aren’t getting the level of care they need. We are therefore pleased to launch our Service Pledge as a measure of how hospitals should be providing a good experience to the bowel cancer patients they treat.”

To find out more about bowel cancer and to read the full Service Pledge, please visit the charity’s website:

For more information, interviews and photos regarding bowel cancer or the Be Loud Be Clear event please contact the Beating Bowel Cancer press office on 0208 973 0008 or email [email protected]

About bowel cancer 1

  • Bowel Cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer claiming a life every 30 minutes
  • Over 41,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK
  • The majority of people diagnosed with the disease are over the age of 50
  • Bowel cancer is more treatable if spotted and diagnosed early
  • Over 93 per cent of people diagnosed with bowel cancer at an early stage survive for at least five years compared with less than 7% of those diagnosed at a late stage

[1] Key Facts About Bowel Cancer. Cancer Research UK CancerStats. Accessed online March 2012:

Beating Bowel Cancer is a leading UK charity for people affected by bowel cancer. We are dedicated to saving lives by working in partnership to improve public awareness of bowel cancer and to increase the rate of early diagnosis. We help patients access the treatment they need and provide emotional and practical support to improve the lives of everyone affected by bowel cancer.

Our Specialist Nurse Advisors are on hand to offer support and answer questions and concerns.  Our confidential helpline is open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday and from 9am to 4pm on Friday: Tel. 08450 719301 (low call rate) or by email: [email protected].


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