This week I attended an event organised by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to lend his support to the ongoing campaign for a national strategy for the prevention of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD).
50 MPs attended the charity’s first ever ‘drop in’ session, held at Portcullis House, hosted by long term supporter of CRY and Chair of its All-Party Parliamentary Group [APPG], Kevan Jones MP.
The number of MPs who have now signed a pledge to support a national strategy to prevent sudden cardiac death (#MPSupport4CRY) stands at 171. Read more “Supporting Cardiac Risk in the Young”
I attended a drop-in event in Parliament to show mysupport for the tireless work they undertake to keep us safe in North Wales. The event was a chance to hear of their work and how they intend to deliver world-class emergency support to all.
During the parliamentary event, I was told that between January to December 2018 there were 1,416 medical missions in Wales. Of these missions 574 were cardiac arrests or heart related problems and 293 were neurological conditions. 1,412 were trauma missions. These included 502 road traffic collisions and 271 missions due to falls.
North Wales accounted for 29% of all missions in Wales.
The busiest day for the Wales Air Ambulance is a Friday at 3pm.
In Flintshire there were 83 incidents that required the air ambulance helicopter and 8 where a car was used.
We cannot understate the tireless work of the Wales Air Ambulance. In rural areas, like Flintshire, there are often times when a car or normal ambulance will not do, and a helicopter is needed.
Without the skills and resources of our Air Ambulance crews we would be less safe. Having the chance to meet with these dedicated people in Parliament is of the utmost importance. MPs need to ensure that the UK Government is held to account for its funding to the Welsh Government and charities. If they fail to invest in Wales, the UK Government fail to improve our health and wellbeing.
I want to thank each and every person who works for the Wales Air Ambulance service and I hope that they continue to receive the resources they need.
I have joined Versus Arthritis in Parliament to support their work and current campaigns.
Versus Arthritis works alongside volunteers, healthcare professionals, and researchers to do all they can to push back against arthritis. They are trying to find breakthroughs in treatments and are campaigning relentlessly for arthritis to be seen as a priority.
There are over 10 million people living with arthritis in the UK. That’s one in six, with over half of those living in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition slowly intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of ageing or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’. Versus Arthritis don’t think that is OK. Building on legacies and expertise of both Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care, Versus Arthritis are trying to change the way people view the disease.
In Wales, 15% of women are receiving treatment for arthritis and 9% of men. Read more “Supporting Versus Arthritis”
This week I joined the Radiotherapy4Life campaign in Parliament to pledge my support for their push for greater investment into this treatment.
This is a new campaign that is advocating for a world class radiotherapy service for all. As many of you will know, this is a treatment that is used to kill cancer cells through aiming high-energy radiation at the tumour. It is used in the management of 50% of all cancer patients.
1 in 4 people in the UK will need radiotherapy at some point in their life and 40% of cancer cures are thanks to radiotherapy, alone or combined with other treatments.
This campaign is calling for the following points to be adopted across the UK:
1. A sustained additional £100m a year for radiotherapy in the UK to guarantee transformational change over the next 10 years.
2. A £250m one-off investment into a New Radiotherapy Centre Access Fund ringfenced to allow the development of satellite centres to end the postcode lottery.
3. The establishment of an independent accountable Radiotherapy Tsar with specific responsibility to develop a national strategy.