|22 Nov 2021
|Charity Sector News
The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has announced a call for expression of interest for membership of the Cancer Patient Advisory Committee, to fill vacancies arising as the terms of some members come to an end.
The Cancer Patient Advisory Committee was established in 2019, in line with Recommendation 39 of the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026, which states that:
“The Department of Health will establish a Cancer Patient Advisory Committee to provide input into the development of programmes for patients with cancer. Membership of this committee will reflect the diverse nature of patients living with the effects of cancer and will ensure that the needs of patients living in more remote areas are represented.”
The Committee is comprised of those that have direct experience with cancer treatment as a patient. There is also consideration for those who have supported cancer patients as part of their work or close friends and family members of those going through cancer treatment.
When Launching the call for expressions of interest, Minister Donnelly said:
“The input of the Cancer Patient Advisory Committee into policy formulation and planning helps to ensure that our cancer services continue to serve the needs of people living with and beyond cancer to the highest possible standard. I would like to thank Committee members for their commitment and contribution to date. This has been invaluable in providing direct, effective cancer patient input into the development of programmes and services.”
The Expressions of Interest form is available online. The application period will run until 10 December 2021.