MP backs work to tackle ‘devastating’ heart disease
British Heart Foundation needs public support to fund world’s leading researchers
More than 8,840 people in the Chesham and Amersham constituency are living with heart and circulatory disease.
This month, Mrs Gillan showed her support for UK medical research by joining British Heart Foundation (BHF) scientists to hear how research is helping to save and improve the lives of the millions of people affected by heart and circulatory disease in the UK.
At the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Mrs Gillan spoke to BHFfunded researchers and raced around the special BHF track to learn more about the latest research projects and find out why it is important the Government continues to invest in science in the forthcoming Spending Review and keeps UK research in poll position.
Mrs Gillan said: “Heart disease is a devastating condition that affects thousands of people across Chesham and Amersham.
“But with the public’s support, charities like the BHF are able to fund some of the world’s leading researchers, who work tirelessly to find the next major breakthrough that could help save more lives.
“I’m proud of the UK’s world leading position on research as Government investment provides vital foundations on which charities and industry can build. Without it, their ability to fund life saving research and continue to make discoveries that transform lives would be significantly reduced.
“That’s why I support continued investment in the Spending Review for the health of the UK and its economy.”
There are an estimated seven million people across the UK living with heart and circulatory disease. It causes a quarter of all deaths in the UK.
The BHF is the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research and aims to spend around £100million every year on world class research to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
The BHF is calling on the Government to maintain the science budget.
Medical Director at the BHF Professor Peter Weissberg said: “Any cut to science funding would be extremely damaging to our life saving research and the fight against heart disease.
“Through our research we’ve helped make great progress over the last 50 years to reduce the number of deaths from heart disease by more than 50 per cent and improve the lives of people living with it.
“This year alone our researchershavedeveloped a highly sensitive blood test that could double the detection rate of heart attacks in women. And recently our researchers have improved our understanding of how we may be able to regenerate the heart after a heart attack bringing hope that one day there will be a treatment for severe heart failure.
“More research is needed to make discoveries that will lead to medical advances to further transform and save lives. We can’t do this alone. Our life saving science can only exist in a world-class research environment. We need the Government to maintain the UK’s worldleading position by maintaining the science budget in real terms in the Spending Review.’
Chesham and Amersham
MP Cheryl Ginnan