Julian Ware-Lane pledges to become Arthritis Champion for Southend West

Julian Ware-Lane has today agreed to become an ‘Arthritis Champion’, supporting Arthritis Research UK in their efforts to find a cure for arthritis while calling for policy change to prevent its onset and transform the lives of people that have musculoskeletal conditions.

Musculoskeletal conditions include osteoarthritis, back pain and osteoporosis. People with these conditions often experience a great deal of pain and a loss of mobility. Over 10 million people in the UK have a musculoskeletal condition.

By agreeing to become an Arthritis Champion, Julian Ware-Lane has pledged to:

• campaign to make musculoskeletal conditions a public health priority
• fight to ensure that people with arthritis get high-quality care at the time that they need it
• champion the UK’s leadership role in medical research.

Speaking about the manifesto, Julian Ware-Lane said, “I have the early stages of osteoarthritis. Mine is caused by wear and tear thirty-five years on from a patellectomy following a motorcycle crash. It is pretty trivial in reality, compared to some anyway. But it does give me an insight into what arthritis means for some people.”

“I am delighted to have become an Arthritis Champion. Musculoskeletal conditions affect a huge number of people and are a significant cause of disability in the United Kingdom. These are painful conditions which can have a massive impact on every aspect of the lives of those affected. We need to see change that creates the best possible policy environment in which to prevent and cure these conditions. We also need an urgent transformation of the services available to those that are living with these conditions now.”

Dr Liam O’Toole, chief executive officer of Arthritis Research UK, said, “I’m delighted that Julian Ware-Lane has become an Arthritis Champion. We need their help to champion the needs of people with arthritis both nationally and locally.

“Our Arthritis Research UK manifesto sets out an exciting vision for the future of musculoskeletal conditions. We are calling for policy changes to support the prevention, transformation and cure of musculoskeletal conditions. There is much that can be done: but we can’t do it alone. We need to work in partnership to put the needs of people with arthritis on the political agenda and transform the lives of people living with arthritis.”

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