Toby Perkins MP has pledged to work alongside leading charity, Arthritis Research UK to represent the thousands of people in Chesterfield living every day with the pain of arthritis.
Toby said, “There are thousands of my constituents living in constant pain due to arthritis and they need timely access to healthcare services to manage their condition and improve their musculoskeletal health.”
Arthritis is the single biggest cause of disability and pain across the country with 10 million people living with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain. The pain, fatigue and lack of mobility caused by arthritis affects every aspect of a person’s life, making everyday tasks such as making a cup of tea, travelling to work or getting out of bed extremely difficult.
As well as the personal impact, these conditions amount to the third largest area of NHS spending, with an annual budget of £4.8 billion, and are the cause of one in five working days lost in the UK.
Toby Perkins has pledged to support Arthritis Research UK’s Prevent, Transform, Cure manifesto in Parliament as an Arthritis Champion, which calls for arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions to be a public health priority, to improve access to services and to increase the support to people with arthritis to help them continue to work.
Speaking about becoming an arthritis champion, Toby Perkins said, “I’m proud to champion Arthritis Research UK’s policy calls to tackle the prevention, transformation and cure of arthritis. We need to put the issues affecting people with arthritis at the forefront of Parliament’s agenda. I will be meeting with Dr Liam O’Toole, chief executive officer of Arthritis Research UK, at the charity’s head office in Chesterfield, to discuss how we can ensure arthritis sufferers are getting the support and services they need.”