I appreciate that aids and adaptations can be a vital piece of equipment to help those who have arthritis continue to be independent, enjoy activities and maintain their quality of life.
More must be done to educate the public on the symptoms of arthritis and on the support that is available. I would also like to see action to help prevent the development of arthritis through preventive measures such as promoting physical activity. I also believe it would be beneficial for the National Audit Office to conduct a review into the physical activity services available for people with arthritis.
At the recent General Election I stood on a manifesto which committed to ensure everyone with a long-term condition has the right to a specialised care plan, and access to condition-management education. We must be aware that, given the ageing population, more people will suffer with arthritis in the coming years. I will therefore continue to press, more widely, for more funding for services to continue to provide support and equipment for those in need to address out nation’s health needs and I will write to the Minister to push for all of this.