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Britain Cares

October 30, 2013 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MPLast week I joined double Gold medallist wheelchair athlete Hannah Cockroft and Paralympian Sam Ruddock at an event in Parly to learn how important the issue of good social care is to my constituents.

The event, organised by disability charity Scope, was part of its ‘Britain Cares’ Campaign, which is calling on the Government to ensure that over 100,000 disabled people do not lose out on vital social care support which enables them to live independent, fulfilling lives http://www.britaincares.co.uk/.

While the debate on social care has focussed on the demands of an ageing population, one third of social care users are working age disabled people.

So far almost 30,000 people have contacted their MPs in support of ‘Britain Cares’ campaign, and last week I viewed a fantastic art installation of the hundreds of ‘I care’ photos sent in from people around the UK.

As the Government’s Care Bill enters the House of Commons for the first time, all MPs must remember that one third of social care users are working age disabled people. This support is what enables them to wash, dress and get out of the house.

It is crucial that the Bill goes as far as possible in creating a care system that supports disabled people to live full and independent lives.

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Breast Cancer is not Yesterday’s Problem

October 16, 2013 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP (3)This week I backed Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s call to make the issue of access to drugs a top priority, and help put breast cancer back on the agenda.

The charity has called on the Government to bring about a new focus on breast cancer, with a priority of introducing an equitable system through which effective new treatments are routinely made available to patients.

Breast cancer is not yesterday’s problem; thousands of women in the UK are living with a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer, with incredibly limited treatment options. Research is developing treatments that can give women at the end of their lives more good quality time with their loved ones; we have a responsibility to ensure that there is a system that allows these pioneering new drugs to reach patients who will benefit from them.

In the UK, 12,000 women are still dying every year from breast cancer. That’s why I’ll be writing to the Prime Minister to urge him to take the lead on this issue, and help improve the lives of the thousands of women who are still affected by this disease.

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