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Sandwell MP John Spellar is supporting the launch of a new campaign by Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) aiming to break down the barriers that people with a hearing loss face when trying to find employment.

 

The charity has launched their new employment report, Working for change, improving attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace, which urges businesses and Government to work closer together to help people with a hearing loss to find and stay in work. Currently there are 11 million people in the UK having hearing loss with almost five million who are of working age, the number, which set to rise considerably in the near future.

John Spellar MP said: ‘It’s been great to support Action on Hearing Loss’ campaign to help people who are deaf or have hearing loss to have equality in finding work and I would urge all businesses and organisations in Sandwell to use the charity’s myth-busting report which will really assist in guiding and sign-posting them to the support that is available to help them in employing people with disabilities.’

Paul Breckell, Action on Hearing Loss Chief Executive, said: ‘We are delighted that John Spellar MP is backing the launch of our Working for Change report which will help businesses to support people with hearing loss to maximise their valuable skills as it makes no sense that people have to retire or give up work due to their hearing loss owing to an unsupportive working environment. This is costly to employers as they lose highly-skilled staff and will need to spend to recruit again.’

 
The reports Working for change, improving attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace and Working for change, and increasing confidence in employing people with hearing loss are available to download via https://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/supporting-you/policy-research-and-influencing/research/working-for-change.aspx

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Sandwell MP John Spellar is supporting the launch of a new campaign by Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) aiming to break down the barriers that people with a hearing...

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John Spellar MP took part in a cross-party delegation to Dublin. The delegation held discussions with the Irish Government and political parties about strengthening the bilateral relations between Britain and Ireland, working together post-Brexit and defending the Good Friday Agreement. 

Mr Spellar met the Irish Prime Minister, Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, in Leinster House, home of the Irish Parliament in Dublin and had meetings with the Irish Foreign Ministry and British Embassy. 

Commenting on the trip, Mr Spellar said: “A close relationship between Britain and Ireland in the coming years is essential. As we approach St Patrick’s Day I was hugely encouraged by the cooperative spirit on both sides, keen to pursue the huge shared interests of both countries and practical ways of managing the strong relationship between Britain and Ireland following our departure from the EU.”

Black Country MP meets Irish Prime Minister as part of cross-party delegation of MPs

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Black Country MP John Spellar attended a reception at the Palace of Westminster to show his support for efforts to tackle the relatively unknown illness sepsis, which claims the lives of at least 44,000 people every year in the UK.  The event was aiming to raise awareness of a condition that kills more people than breast cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer and road accidents combined.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if it is not recognised early and treated promptly. Sepsis is the leading cause of death from infection around the world and, despite advances in modern medicine like vaccines and antibiotics acute care experts believe not enough is being done to save lives.  

The event was attended by many parliamentarians, and was supported by a number of representatives from charities and the medical and nursing Royal Colleges, sepsis survivors, doctors, nurses, health professionals and the general public. Speakers included the Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England National Medical Director, Dr Ron Daniels and Tom Ray, sepsis survivor.

John Spellar MP said: ‘sepsis has been a hidden killer for a long time and I hope this campaign will raise awareness and save many families the tragedy of losing a loved one.’

 

At the reception, Dr Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, announced new figures from Research by the York Health Economics Consortium which suggests 260,000 Britons develop the condition every year. This figure is 110,000 higher than previous estimates, which put the number of affected patients at 150,000.

 

Its report said sepsis costs the UK economy up to £15.6billion a year, adding that earlier diagnosis and treatment could save more than 14,000 lives annually.

 

Dr Daniels said: ‘We’ve long been aware that sepsis causes thousands of unnecessary deaths every year and presents an unmanageable economic burden.

 

‘A crippling paucity of data has thus far confined us to conservative estimates, but the figures reported in YHEC’s study are a shocking new indication of the gravity and sheer scale of the problem. It’s sobering to learn that the issue is so much greater than previously estimated.’

John Spellar MP shows support at Westminster for disease killing at least 44,000 people a year


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