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Acquired Brain Injury Debate takes place in Parliament

The government debate on acquired brain injury (ABI) took place at the House of Commons on Monday 18 June, it was jointly called by MPs Chris Bryant and John Hayes, who is himself a brain injury survivor.

The house heard impassioned speeches from MPs from all parties expressing their support for the issues associated with ABI as well as retelling heart-breaking experiences – many of them personal and others from their constituents. There were pleas for more co-ordinated health and social care, wider use of rehabilitation prescriptions and benefit assessments to make the system fairer for everyone as well as mandatory training for educators.

The overall message was clear  – brain injury is an invisible epidemic in urgent need of political action to address the variation in care and support for those dealing with the impact of ABI.  This covers treatment, support. welfare and education as well as criminal offending.

A co-ordinated taskforce was proposed to deal with the impact of this crisis, as a tangible way forward to resolving the issues raised by the debate.  We are grateful to all the MPs involved, as well as everyone calling on their political representatives to attend.

This is clearly a watershed moment for efforts to secure more support at every level for those affected by ABI and to provide a focus for increased funding and research.

UKABIF is continuing its work with the APPG for ABI and we intend to push the topic higher up the political agenda. Watch this space!

To read the Hansard report click here

To view the footage of the full debate please click on the link below and select the ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY tab


Government Debate on Acquired Brain Injury 18th June 2018

Chris Bryant, MP and John Hayes, MP have secured a debate on acquired brain injury which will take place in the House of Commons Chamber after Parliamentary Business concludes on Monday 18th June. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness of acquired brain injury in parliament and we keen to ensure the event is well attended.

Please invite your MP to attend and speak at this event! You can tell them your own story of why closer attention needs to be paid to this matter and/or use our briefing note below. Members of the public are not permitted to access the Chamber to attend this event but you can view the proceedings on parliamentary TV. It will also be recorded on Hansard.


UKABIF welcomes enquiries from the media. We are able to provide information about all aspects of acquired brain injury as well as experts in the field to talk about topical issues. Please call 0845 6080788 or 07903887655.