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