July 2017

It is important to increase the number of stem cell (cord blood and bone marrow) donors in the UK and so I welcome the work undertaken by Anthony Nolan.

In 2015 the Government announced an extra £3 million in additional funding for stem cell services, part of £19 million in additional investment that the Government has committed since 2010 to improve the provision of cells in the UK. This funding is being used to encourage young adult donors.

A single unified bone marrow donor registry has been created streamlining the provision of stem cells and reducing the time to provide cells from adult donors. It is encouraging that the total number of registered stem cell donors continues to expand. In 2010 the total number of registered United Kingdom donors was 770,000, which increased to in excess of one million by the end of 2014. This led to more UK patients receiving a stem cell transplant in 2014 than ever before.

So far as the All Party Group meeting is concerned on the 18th July, I regret I will not be able to attend this due to an existing commitment.