MP Sir John Hayes has campaigned for the Acquired Brain Injury Private Members’ Bill and signed a letter supporting greater focus on cardiovascular care
South Holland and The Deepings’ MP has campaigned for a brain injury bill.
Sir John Hayes and acquired brain injury (ABI) charities visited Downing Street yesterday (Wednesday) to urge the Prime Minister to back the Acquired Brain Injury Private Members’ Bill.
Backed by the UK’s leading ABI charities, Sir John said: “This is a cause dear to my heart, and to engage with it properly we need a truly cross-departmental strategy.
“I know this would make a huge difference to many people and I hope the Prime Minister Boris Johnson will take action.”
With ABIs being one of the leading causes of death and disability in the UK, affecting over 1.3 million residents and costing £15billion to the economy each year, the bill would commit the government to prepare and publish a strategy to meet the needs of all children and adults with an acquired brain injury.
Sir John’s campaign followed the writing of a joint letter from MPs which called for the secretary of state, Priti Patel, to prioritise the recovery of cardiovascular care in the Government’s upcoming delivery plan for tackling the elective backlog.
The letter says that despite the unwavering efforts of everyone during the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of people have missed out on care - leading to more than 5,800 excess deaths from heart and circulatory diseases in the first year of the pandemic in England.
In the letter, The British Heart Foundation predicts that the number of people anxiously waiting for heart care and diagnosis could peak at over half a million in January 2024, and that it could take up to five years for cardiac waiting lists in England to recover to pre-pandemic levels.
Calls were made for immediate action.