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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd supports the United Kingdom Brain Injury Forum

January 13, 2014 5:33 PM

In London recently the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) launched an awareness-raising campaign in Parliament for MPs and Peers.

Stephen Lloyd MP said: "Brain injury, whether through accident or illness, is a desperately challenging condition. I have done quite a lot of casework with a number of my constituents in Eastbourne who have acquired brain injuries. This taught me just how devastating it was. Surgical intervention in the UK is pretty good but the general level of rehabilitative follow-on provision is very patchy. I have lobbied the Department of Health for this to be addressed and, whilst there have been some improvements over the last few years, there is still a long way to go."

He added: "I was very happy to support the UKABIF in Parliament. I've worked closely with their sister organisation, Headway, in the past so it was a good opportunity for me to let them know they could count me in as a friend in Westminster."

Professor Mike Barnes of Newcastle University and Chair of UKABIF said: "I really appreciate Stephen's support. Brain injury and its consequences are still largely misunderstood, and around a million people in the UK are coping with ABI. We believe that it is essential for the quality of therapeutic care to improve if we are ever to be in a position where ABI sufferers can have a decent chance to lead better, more independent lives."