I lobbied my MP The RT Hon William Hague MP as part of a campaign about raising your MP's awareness of RA by NRAS .
I dont think he will mind me paraphrasing and sharing his reply.
I states thank you for contacting me about Rheumatoid arthritis. I recognize the Impact the musculoskeletal disease (MSDs) can have on individuals. The Government is committed to ensuring the services for people suffering with MSDs are consistent and that people get access to the right services at the right time.
He is pleased that the treatment of long term conditions such as arthritis is one of the NHS areas prioritised by the Sec State for Health and featured prominently in the mandate to NHS England and the NHS outcome frameworks. The mandate emphasises the Government's ambition to provide people with personalised care plans and better coordinated individual care.
He continues again paraphrasing, It is for NHS England and local commissioners to undertake appropriate campaigns on arthritis.NICE has published a new Quality Standard for RA.
The government also welcomes the appointment of Professor Peter Kay as the first national clinical director of MSDs and will he will advise on specific initiatives and be able to access what other steps could be taken on a natina. level to support high quality local commissioning.
So I hope you all keep telling your MP and maybe even Mr Hague about RA to raise its awareness in parliament. That NRAS continue to fight for us in commissioning of services and work on our behalf or with our help with Professor Peter Kay ( Garlic?bread? lol) and keep this raising awareness ball rolling, well that what I think anyway!! lol Axx