Milton Keynes MP Iain Stewart to brief parliament about chronic pain condition
Iain Stewart MP will be hosting a MPs briefing session in Parliament on the chronic pain condition Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – most commonly known as CRPS.
CRPS is a progressive disease of the nervous system in which a person develops a persistent burning pain in one or more of their limbs. The NHS describe it as ‘a poorly understood condition’ that ‘may go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed’.
The campaign to raise awareness of CRPS first started when Mr Stewart was contacted by Netherfield resident Kevin Scardifield.
Mr Scardifield,aged 59, was diagnosed with CPRS in August 2009 and as a result he is now crippled and housebound.
Mr Scardifield contacted the MP who then brought up CPRS in a parliamentary debate with the Minister of State at the Department of Health Norman Lamb.
Since the debate Mr Stewart has met with leading health figures including Professor Candy McCabe, Chair of the CPRS UK Network.
Commenting on the MPs briefing Iain Stewart said: “This is a significant step for sufferers. It is seldom discussed in Parliament so I am keen we increase awareness of CPRS at every opportunity.
“Kevin has been an assiduous campaigner and none of this would have been possible without him.”
Mr Scardifield added: “I am hopeful this will be the stepping stone to getting Government to acknowledge CPRS is devastating thousands of lives across the UK and give sufferers the support they need.
“I have been disappointed with the Department of Health’s actions so far but I am confident with the backing from Iain Stewart and other MPs we can get there.”
MKWeb | Last updated: March 24, 2015
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