There are 7892 people who have osteoarthritis of the knee and 4620 people suffer from osteoarthritis of the hip in Slough. Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough pledged to continue the fight alongside Arthritis Research UK for the people in Slough living every day with the pain of arthritis.
Before the election, Fiona joined forces with Arthritis Research UK and agreed to become an ‘Arthritis Champion’, supporting the charity’s ‘Prevent, Transform, Cure’ manifesto.
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.
“I’m proud to be an Arthritis Champion for the thousands of local people living with the pain of arthritis. 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. This event was interesting to see the work Arthritis Research UK is doing."
Dr Liam O’Toole, chief executive officer of Arthritis Research UK, said:
“I’m delighted that Fiona Mactaggart is our Arthritis Champion in Slough. 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 10 million people affected by this devastating condition and ultimately support medical research seeking to find a cure. Together we can make this happen.”
You can learn more about the work of Arthritis Research UK by going on their website, www.arthritisresearchuk.org.