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Backbench debate on Acquired Brain Injury takes place in Parliament

A second backbench debate on acquired brain injury took place in parliament on Thursday 9th May 2019. The motion was raised by Chris Bryant, MP and Sir John Hayes, MP. 16 MPs took part speaking on behalf of their constituents or discussing their own personal connection with acquired brain injury. The government response was presented by the Under Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Seema Kennedy.

Chris Bryant, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury has championed raising awareness of ABI in parliament. He spoke first and was able to pinpoint many of the problems facing people with brain injury from issues with benefits to the need for neurorehabilitation.

Sir John Hayes is himself a brain injury survivor having sustained serious injuries in a road traffic accident in his twenties. John very eloquently spoke of the subtle changes which can take place which result in a world of difficulties for the survivor and their families.

Liz Twist is also a member of the APPG for ABI and a strong advocate for better support for children with acquired brain injuries. Liz outlined the need for better awareness in schools and special services for children with brain injuries.

Chloe Hayward of UKABIF who jointly provides the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group and has been working with Chris Bryant and others to push for better access to neurorehabilitation and recognition of acquired brain injury said,

‘It was really heartening to see that many of our key issues were raised in parliament today. Neurorehabilitation must be accessible to everyone with an acquired brain injury and follow on support post discharge is essential to prevent people and their families from slipping into crisis.’

Chloe thanked other charities for their support in briefing MPs about the event.

You can read a full transcript of the debate here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-05-09/debates/FBF9F722-1D93-4721-B8C9-EF46E782F073/AcquiredBrainInjury

Second backbench debate on acquired brain injury!

UKABIF are delighted that a second backbench debate on acquired brain injury will take place in parliament on Thursday 9th May. The debate will start at around 11.30 am and will give MPs the chance to speak on behalf of their constituents who have suffered from an acquired brain injury or work in this area.

MPs Chris Bryant and John Hayes will lead the speeches and will refer to the APPG for Acquired Brain Injury’s Report and Recommendations. They will state support for the conclusions of the report and urge the government to coordinate responses across the departments so that those who have sustained brain injuries are guaranteed full neuro-rehabilitation as needed.

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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.