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 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