Ilford South MP lends support to Arthritis campaign

Mike Gapes MP

Mike Gapes MP - Credit: Archant

Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, has agreed to campaign to make musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis a public health priority.

Mr Gapes attended a parliamentary reception of Arthritis Research UK last week and said policy needs to be amended to ensure these conditions can be cured.

He said: “Musculoskeletal conditions affect a huge number of people and are a significant cause of disability in the UK.

“These are painful conditions which can have a massive impact on every aspect of people’s lives.

“We need to see change that creates the best possible policy environment in which to prevent and cure these conditions.”

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Mr Gapes also called for “an urgent transformation” of the services available to those living with the conditions.

Musculoskeletal conditions also include osteoarthritis, back pain and osteoporosis.

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