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Over 60 MPs join fight to end pain of arthritis

Published on 12 June 2015
MP Ben Howlett in front of our Prevent, Transform, Cure banner

The fight to end the pain of arthritis for 10 million people across the UK received a massive boost in Parliament yesterday.

Over 60 MPs showed their support for local people living with arthritis by agreeing to be Arthritis Champions at our first parliamentary reception of the new Parliament.

MPs from across the UK and from all major parties came along to pledge their support to prevent and cure arthritis, and transform the services available to people with musculoskeletal conditions.

Championing the cause

The reception was hosted by Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore in South Wales, who became our first Arthritis Champion back in October. Huw was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis years ago and he spoke about his experiences of living with a musculoskeletal condition and the importance of championing the cause.

One of the most poignant first-hand experiences came from Tasmin McCulloch, 40, a mother of two who lives with the daily pain of osteoarthritis. She was just 18 when she first started to have symptoms in her hip. She now has osteoarthritis in both hips and her toes and is expected to have a hip replacement in the near future.

Ben Howlett, a new MP, pictured above, spoke about the importance of giving voice to those with musculoskeletal conditions after direct experiences of arthritis in his family.

Right policies

Our chief executive officer, Dr Liam O’Toole, said: “Our Prevent, Transform and Cure manifesto was designed to shatter the belief that nothing can be done.

"With the right policies we can reach a place in the future where we're preventing musculoskeletal conditions from occurring and have a cure for those that do occur. Importantly there's much that can be done to transform services now for people like Tasmin, living with the daily pain of arthritis.

Together with the existing and hopefully many more new Arthritis Champions we can make this happen.”

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