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MP urges Prime Minister to back Acquired Brain Injury Bill

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow MP, Dr Lisa Cameron, urged the Prime Minister to back an Acquired Brian Injury Bill.

She visited Downing Street along with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) charities this week urging the Prime Minister to back Chris Bryant MP’s Acquired Brain Injury Private Members’ Bill, which hopes to receive its second reading in the House of Commons on December 3.

A cross-party coalition of over 200 MPs, Acquired Brain Injury charities, survivors and other providers have signed a letter urging the PM to commit Government to preparing and publishing a strategy to meet the needs of all children and adults with an ABI.

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As well as Ms Cameron, signatories to the letter include former government ministers Andrew Mitchell MP, Tracey Crouch MP and Robert Buckland MP and Acquired Brain Injury charities – UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum, Headway, The Disabilities Trust, The Children’s Trust and the Child Brain Injury Trust.

Acquired Brain Injury is a leading cause of death and disability affecting over 1.3 million people and costing £15 billion to the UK economy each year.

It is an issue for the departments of health and social care, work and pensions, education and digital, culture, media & sport and the Ministries of Justice, Defence, Housing Communities and Local Government.

The SNP’s Ms Cameron said: “Those who sustain Acquired Brain Injuries deserve the best quality of life possible.

“My husband Mark suffered a head injury when serving in the armed forces and whilst he was fortunate to receive timely treatment and rehabilitation, it was a long path to recovery.

“It is our duty to ensure that everyone has the best support and treatment they need to rehabilitate towards independent lives.”

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