JBP campaigning for Access to Medicine
16 April 2013, News
JBP is managing a major campaign that focuses on the need to speed up the rate of drug development in the UK. The campaign is patient led and focused on people with life threatening illnesses. It was founded by businessman and statistician Les Halpin who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in May 2011. Over the last 9 months, it has attracted widespread interest from a range of stakeholders at both patient and policy level and attracted significant media exposure.
Key milestones include:
- A parliamentary debate designed to raise the profile of the campaign, tabled by Les Halpin’s MP, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
- One-to-one engagement with a range of influential stakeholders in the field – including academics, industry leaders and charities
- A high level panel debate at the Kings Fund, led by Sir Peter Lachmann, former President of the Academy of Medical Sciences
- National and international media coverage including Sunday Times, Radio 4 Today programme, Mail on Sunday, Daily Telegraph, BBC Breakfast News and the French Tribune
Social media has played a significant part in the campaign to date with a campaign website (www.accesstomedicine.co.uk) featuring high profile guest bloggers, an active twitter and Facebook site and the launch of a Government e-petition which has already attracted well over 1,000 signatures.