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Health secretary hosts Musculoskeletal Roundtable

Members of Arthritis Research UK and people with arthritis at a round table with the health secretary and other key health proffesionals

People with musculoskeletal conditions met with Jeremy Hunt MP, the Secretary of State for Health to discuss what works well with their healthcare, what doesn’t and how it can be improved.

Arthritis Research UK organised a roundtable meeting to discuss musculoskeletal conditions with the Secretary of State for Health on Tuesday (29 of April). The event was attended by people with a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis and vasculitis. They were joined by GPs, nurses and physiotherapists, including Dr Tom Margham, the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care lead.

The event covered a substantial range of topics, including the impact of musculoskeletal conditions on the workplace, the need for a new public health approach to musculoskeletal conditions, as well as the importance of early diagnosis and GP awareness of musculoskeletal conditions.

The team at Arthritis Research UK is now following up with the Department of Health about how we can translate the learnings from the event into the management of this long term condition, which has a substantial impact on so many people’s lives.

Speaking about the event the Medical Director of Arthritis Research UK, Professor Alan Silman said: "This was a fantastic opportunity for the Secretary of State to hear about the difficulties that the health and social care system can sometimes present to people with musculoskeletal conditions. With so many conditions represented around the table he will also have got a renewed sense of the diverse nature of the conditions and the need for greater personalisation within the system.

"Arthritis Research UK will shortly be launching its manifesto, which will set out a series of ways in whch policy changes at a national and local level can make life easier for people with musculoskeletal conditions. We will be championing the needs of people with arthritis and inviting politicians to work with us to change the health and public health system to meet people’s health needs."

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