Thank you for contacting me about bone cancer research. I know cancer is a major priority for the Government and I agree that research is vital in order to improve outcomes for people affected by this disease.
I am advised that Government funded health research is not generally allocated to a specific disease area, such as bone cancer. The level of research spending in a particular area such as bone cancer is driven by factors such as the scientific potential of the research as well as the number and scale of successful funding applications.
You may be aware that the Department of Health funds research into all aspects of human health, including cancer, and bone cancer, through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Policy Research Programme. I am encouraged that the NIHR spent £142 million on cancer research in 2015/16, which was the largest investment in any disease area.
I hope this provides some reassurance and thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
MP for Central Devon
Comptroller of the Household and Government Pairing Whip