Easington MP Grahame Morris has pledged to fight alongside Arthritis Research UK for the thousands in East Durham living with the pain of arthritis.
Mr Morris has joined forces with the charity and agreed to become an ‘Arthritis Champion’, supporting the charity’s ‘Prevent, Transform, Cure’ manifesto.
Mr Morris said: “We need to put the issues that people with arthritis face at the forefront of the new Parliament’s agenda, and work to transform services for the better.”
“I’m proud to be an Arthritis Champion for the thousands of local people living with the pain of arthritis.
“Today I’ve learnt more about the vital work of Arthritis Research UK and heard first-hand about some of the challenges people living with the condition face daily.
“I’m committed to making a difference in my first 100 days in Parliament and beyond. Together we can fight this debilitating condition that has such a huge impact on all aspects of people’s lives in East Durham.”
In County Durham alone, 47,111 people are living with the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis of the knee, with many more living with other forms of the condition.
Musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis, back pain and osteoporosis are the single biggest cause of disability and pain across the country, 10 million people in the UK are in pain right now because of arthritis.
The pain, fatigue and lack of mobility prevents millions of people doing simple tasks such as making a cup of tea or walking to the shops.
The manifesto called for an end to the myth that nothing can be done for people with arthritis.
As an Arthritis Champion, Mr Morris MP has pledged to: campaign to make musculoskeletal conditions a public health priority; fight to ensure that people with arthritis get high-quality care at the time that they need it; and champion the UK’s leadership role in medical research.
Dr Liam O’Toole, chief executive officer of Arthritis Research UK, said: “I’m delighted that Grahame Morris has become our latest Arthritis Champion.
“The support of our champions is paramount to highlight the needs of people with arthritis.
“The vision for the future is clear, there needs to be a public health approach focusing on preventing arthritis and transforming the services for the ten million people affected by this devastating condition and ultimately support medical research seeking to find a cure. Together we can make this happen.”
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