Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined charity Parkinson’s UK to mark 200 years since Parkinson’s was first recognised as a condition.
Justin met with representatives from the charity and people affected by Parkinson’s to hear about the issues they face, including mental health problems, a common but often overlooked symptom of the neurological condition.
The findings of a ground-breaking inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Parkinson’s, into access to timely and appropriate mental health support, is expected this Spring.
“Parkinson’s affects one in 500 people in Ellesmere Port and Neston and can cause a myriad of symptoms including insomnia, depression and hallucinations, robbing people of their independence.
“It is not well known that mental health symptoms are common with Parkinson’s. I want to help ensure that local people get the support they need, when they need it.
“I look forward to seeing the report into this by the Parliamentary Group on Parkinson’s so that I can work locally and nationally to improve mental health services for everyone affected by the condition.”