Unfortunately the campaign has closed following the loss of the parliamentary seat of the enabling Member of Parliament and the resignation of the chairman.
The campaign, funded by Covidien and co-ordinated by PB Political Consulting, aimed to raise awareness of Barrett's Oesophagus and its link with oesophageal adenocarcinoma through bringing it to the attention of MPs.
"To provide a medium through which parliamentarians, charities, industry and those affected by oesophageal cancer both directly and indirectly can discuss the current provision of the condition which claims around 8,000 lives in the UK every year; press for the Public Health England to continue the roll out of the Be Clear on Cancer oesophago-gastric campaign nationally, promote public understanding and advocate for simple timely interventions to be implemented as a standard which are met across the NHS."
As a precursor, Mike Thornton, MP for Eastleigh, posted a question for Prime Minister's Questions on 6th March 2014:
Engendering this response from David Cameron:
On Monday 12th May 2014, the parliamentary campaign was officially launched at a dinner at Westminster attended by 4 MPs, consultants, surgeons and charity chairmen hosted by Mike Thornton.
Mike Thornton also tabled an Early Day Motion on the subject. Early Day Motions are not always debated but bring issues to the attention of MPs who may sign up to demonstrate their support of the topic.
By 7 January 2015, his EDM (below) had attracted 42 signayures from MPs.
"That this House notes that the UK has the highest incidence of oesophageal adenocarcinoma in the world and that incidence is rising; further notes that there are over 8,000 people diagnosed with oesophageal cancer every year in the UK; acknowledges that the survival rate for oesophageal cancer is one of the worst of any cancer, with only 15 per cent survival after five years; further notes that diagnosis for the condition Barrett's oesophagus which can lead to oesophageal cancer is low and that public awareness of the significance of persistent heartburn as a risk factor is very low; welcomes the work of the Oesophageal Cancer Westminster Campaign, a campaign group of patient groups, clinical experts, industry and bereaved families; further welcomes the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign on oesophageal cancer; and calls for the Government and the Department of Health to regard the diagnosis and treatment of Barrett's oesophagus and oesophageal cancer as a national priority to save lives."
On Monday 13th October 2014, a mass lobby and reception on the terraces of the Houses of Parliament was attended by 180 people - including BW members - and a pledge to raise awareness of Oesophageal Cancer was signed by 19 MPs - including Caroline Nokes (MP for Romsey and Southampton North) pictured right.
20 January 2015 saw the first OCWC AGM in Portcullis House.
Tim Underwood was elected chairman with the desire to meet three times a year with prominent speakers or VIP guests.