John Spellar MP has today called for more to be done to end the suffering for thousands of local people living with arthritis.

The MP has committed to fight alongside the charity, Arthritis Research UK for a fair deal for people with arthritis during the Government’s Spending Review.

Arthritis is the number one cause of pain and disability in the United Kingdom, with 10 million people living with the pain of arthritis.

John Spellar has pledged to champion a fair deal for people with arthritis. The MP has already written to the Chancellor George Osborne, asking him to:

• Protect the exemptions for benefits for people with disability from the freeze on working age benefits
• Maintain and then invest more money in local public health services that help keep people healthy
• Commit to the search for a cure for arthritis by protecting and then increasing investment in medical research

Speaking about the campaign, John Spellar said:

“I am delighted to join the charity Arthritis Research UK in the campaign to deliver a fair deal for people with arthritis.

“Arthritis affects a huge number of people and is the number one cause of pain and disability in the UK. These are painful conditions which can have a massive impact on every aspect of people’s lives.

“On November 25th the Government has the chance to transform the lives of over 10 million people, and take big steps forward to create an environment where we can both prevent and cure these conditions. There is no time to lose: people with arthritis living in Sandwell need to see urgent action from the Government.”

Dr Liam O’Toole, chief executive officer of Arthritis Research UK, said:

“I’m delighted that John Spellar has committed to championing people with arthritis. We need their help to deliver a fair deal for people with arthritis as the Government makes tough choices around its spending.

“Our Arthritis Research UK manifesto ‘Prevent, Transform, Cure’ set out an exciting vision for the future of arthritis, calling for policy changes to support the prevention, transformation and cure of musculoskeletal conditions. People living with the condition now need to see action from their politicians.

“There is much that can be done: but we can’t do it alone. We need to work in partnership to ensure the needs of people with arthritis is firmly on the political agenda”

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