Senators from all parliamentary fractions presented an initiative to establish the General Cancer Law, which seeks to improve the care of people with this disease and to allocate sufficient economic resources.
The document was prepared by lawmakers from all parties with the participation of 13 social organizations fighting this disease.
The initiative proposes the creation of a national plan against cancer of a transexennial nature and the establishment of a national register of patients as well as a National Cancer Commission. This decentralized public body aims to collaborate with the Ministry of Health to coordinate the prevention, care and monitoring of people diagnosed with this disease.
Senator Miguel Ángel Mancera, coordinator of the PRD, emphasized the fact that the initiative is supported by all parliamentary groups, including the majority, so “there is no excuse not to approve it.”
He considered that once it was endorsed, Mexico would be placed in an appropriate place.
Morenista Lilia Margarita Valdez Martínez pointed out that millions of pesos are needed for this law and that it must be analyzed by the Chamber of Deputies.
He also clarified that even if the document begins the analysis of the Health Commission, it must also go through legislative studies. He also estimated that between now and 2024 it will be difficult to discuss the electoral process that will be approved.
Senators, including PAN member Alejandra Reynoso, who is suffering from illness, and PRI member Sylvana Beltrones, pledged to fight so that resources are designated to finalize the law.