The Brain Injury Lobbying Reception hosted by Chris Bryant, MP in Parliament in 9th May was an incredible success. Over thirty MPs came by to meet constituents and discuss their issues with Rehabilitation, community services, benefits and funding.
Brain Injury survivors, families and support groups had travelled from as far as Aberdeen, Wearside and Cornwall and numbered over seventy. Representatives from UKABIF, the Child Brain Injury Trust, BABICM and Headway UK attended as well as many regional Headway groups including Wearside, East London, West London, Worcestershire, Lincolnshire and East Sussex.
Chris Bryant gave a moving introduction highlighting the need for more Consultants in Rehabilitation Medicine, more widespread and consistent use of the Rehabilitation Prescription and better awareness of the issues in parliament, across healthcare and in the general public. He also informed the audience that the APPG for ABI were producing a report which would be used to draw together the Ministries of Health, Education, Defence and Justice as well as the Department of Work and Pensions into a conference about Brain Injury.
UKABIF would like to thank Chris Bryant for his energy and passion in relation to this cause, the Brain Injury survivors, carers, professionals and charities who travelled to the event and to the MPs for attending.