Brain injury tops talking points in Parliament ahead of Action for Brain Injury Week

The Government will take a closer look at brain injuries and issues such as sporting incidents and road safety, it has been announced.

The news comes after the topic of acquired brain injuries was brought before Government by MPs earlier this week.

MPs, charities and other groups have been keen to discuss the impact of brain injuries and public safety ahead of Action for Brain Injury Week, which begins 20 May 2019.

According to reports, the debate brought forward by MP Chris Bryant looked at a range of issues which can cause unnecessary brain injuries, such as footballing injuries, road accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning, brain tumours and babies affected through complications during delivery.

Speaking during the debate, Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh said charities and voluntary groups are under significant pressure and more needs to be done to help those living with a brain injury.

“Unless action is taken to enable people to access the vital support needed to ensure that these services survive, more and more people will be cut out of society and taxpayers will be left footing the bill for the longer-term care of those without the means to care for themselves.”

Brain injury charity Headway’s Public Affairs Manager Dr Clare Mills added: “The work that Chris Bryant and his colleagues on the APPG have been doing of late is hugely welcomed.

“We are delighted to see MPs from all parts of the UK and many different parties take part in this debate, particularly with so many recognising the excellent work being done by their local Headway groups and branches.

“We’re also pleased that Siobhain McDonagh was able to raise the important issue of the need to ensure local Headway charities are able to continue to support people in their own communities.”

 

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