In Cheshire West and Chester almost 60,000 people are living with the devastating impact of back pain. That’s the shocking truth highlighted by new statistics released by charity Arthritis Research UK at a Parliamentary event last week.
After last year’s election Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, became an ‘Arthritis Champion’ for local people, backing Arthritis Research UK’s ‘Prevent, Transform, Cure’ manifesto. Justin has now pledged to join forces with Arthritis Research UK to fight for better support to enable people with arthritis to find and stay in work.
“It’s clear how enormous the impact of conditions like back pain and arthritis are on our local communities. 59,386 local people are living with back pain in Cheshire West and Chester right now – a staggering 17.98% of our population.
“The ability to work is something that we often take for granted, but I’ve learnt that for those living with arthritis this can be an incredibly difficult task. Undoubtedly thousands of local people with arthritis want to work, but do not always have the necessary support to be able to do so.
“That’s why I’m delighted to welcome Arthritis Research UK’s ‘Working with arthritis’ report, which looks at solutions to give people living in daily pain the support they need to find and stay in work, putting this vital issue on the map. We must work together to ensure people with arthritis who are able to work have the right support and employment opportunities.
“Anyone who wants to find out more about working when living with arthritis can visit the Arthritis Research website at: http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/arthritis-and-daily-life/work-and-arthritis.aspx”