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Write to your MP and ask for support for Early Day Motion on Chronic Pain

You will be interested to learn about an early day motion at Westminster on chronic pain. So far 14 MPs from across the UK have signed up – the more that sign up, the more coverage the EDM is likely to get and the more MPs are likely to have Chronic Pain raised to the forefront of their minds.

Some of the points raised by the EDM are that the 20 per cent, or 1 in 5, of the European population has chronic pain and that 1 in 20 of our population live with severe pain with a quarter of these in severe, intense and highly disabling chronic pain.  It explains that there are an estimated 4.6 million GP appointments per year for chronic pain in the UK costing £69 million, which equates to 793 full-time GPs because chronic pain sufferers attend their GP five times more frequently than those without.  

It notes that the overall quality of life in the presence of chronic pain is shown to very low and all dimensions of health, including physical, psychological and social are shown to be severely reduced with a 10 year mortality, higher among those with severe chronic pain, particularly death from heart of respiratory disease which is twice the rate of those without severe chronic pain.

Click here for the page showing the full text of this EDM http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/195

And to send an email to your MP, click here http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/ and ask them to sign up to “Early day motion 195”

 

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