Rehman started by asking the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, David Mowat, what steps his department are taking to support people with PPS; David’s response was that the NHS focuses on structured self-management, pain relief, and increasing referrals to both physio and occupational therapy. David did go on to say however, that: “awareness of the condition is not as high as it could be,” and that more needs to be done with “the work of The British Polio Fellowship, on GP education, training and information.”
Rehman also informed the House of Commons that low awareness of PPS among GPs and the NHS more generally, is leaving patients living with the condition waiting up to six years for a diagnosis. David meanwhile confirmed to those present how our Post Polio Syndrome: A guide to management for health care professionals, is something that everyone needs to use to build GP awareness of PPS.
Our CEO, Ted Hill says it’s encouraging news for people living with PPS that the Government are agreeing that more needs to be done to not only raise awareness of PPS within the medical sector, but in terms of helping those living with the condition as well.
“I was delighted to see the response of the Government on the issue of PPS in the Health Questions in the House of Commons,” said Ted. “To know we have such backing can only be good news as we look for the breakthrough in getting the word on PPS out there. I’m immensely grateful to Rehman for his amazing efforts so far as our new Parliamentary Ambassador, and look forward to working with him on our Parliamentary strategy.”