Stephen has expressed his support for the General Election Manifesto of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance, calling for improved health and care services for people living with all forms of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.
Musculoskeletal conditions affect over 10 million people in the UK, and account for up to 30% of GP visits. People with these conditions often experience a great deal of pain and a loss of mobility. Many also find it difficult to remain in or return to work as a result.
Despite their enormous impact and cost to society and to the NHS, however, there continues to be a worrying lack of awareness about musculoskeletal conditions, and they remain under-prioritised.
ARMA is calling on government to ensure that all those living with these conditions get the best possible care. This includes:
- Adequate training on musculoskeletal conditions for GPs to ensure early diagnosis and intervention
- Rehabilitation, reablement and self-management to become a core element of health and care services in the community,
- All people with a musculoskeletal condition to be offered a care and support plan
- A comprehensive, cross-government strategy and programme for health and work
- A disability benefits system that is fair, transparent and equitable.
Speaking about the Manifesto, Stephen said, “I am greatly pleased to endorse ARMA’s General Election Manifesto. This document not only shines a spotlight on the vast and growing burden of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, but offers some very practical and achievable recommendations for how we can improve care for the millions of people living with these conditions, and which entirely reflect our shared commitment towards a more joined-up, person-centred NHS.”