Morrice joins brain tumour drive

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A WEST Lothian MP joined a mass lobby of Parliament to raise awareness of brain tumours.

Graeme Morrice, who represents Livingston, became involved in the cause after his constituent, Rachel Clark, asked for help with her campaign.

Ms Clark, who lost her husband after he suffered a brain tumour, has attracted more than 11,000 signatures to a petition calling for an increase in awareness of brain tumours and more funding for research.

Mr Morrice joined more than 100 patients, carers, healthcare professionals and charity representatives at the lobby of Parliament last week.

He said: “Much more needs to be done to raise awareness and understanding about brain tumours. This deadly disease, which affects thousands of people every year, is not receiving the same level of attention and care as other cancers and that must change.

“I support the call for existing guidelines to be followed to ensure early diagnosis and treatment for everyone affected by a brain tumour, that all those diagnosed should receive a consistently high standard of treatment and care and that there should be a significantly enhanced national programme of brain tumour research.”