The United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum recently contacted Jon Cruddas MP seeking support for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury. The group which was formed in 2017 to seek improvements in support and services for people directly affected by ABI, and for their families and carers.

The Forum explains that All Members of Parliament have constituents living with the consequences of ABI. The APPG on ABI have tabled a debate in the House of Commons for Monday 18th June raising issues which span across health, social care and welfare.

Jon Cruddas commented: “having had a look at the APPG and the work they are doing, I can see how far reaching this issue is. One of the key aspects for me is the impact ABI has on many children and young people in education with varying needs. It is clear that there needs to be more linked up thinking between health and education professionals, as well as the families of young people living with ABI.”

The statistics for Acquired Brain Injury are staggering with an estimated 956 admissions per day, which is one every 90 seconds. Men are 1.6 times more likely to be admitted for a head injury, with female head injuries increasing by 24 per cent since 2005/6.

Many individuals with an ABI require early and continued access to neurorehabilitation to optimise their recovery. Neurorehabilitation is one of the most cost effective services that the NHS provides, and the APPG recommendation is that a review of the service is carried out to ensure that the provision is adequate and consistent throughout the UK.

Jon added: “the statistics are astounding and it makes sense that the standard and level of provision for head injury and ABI is assessed and increased if need be.”

Jon is unable to attend the debate on Monday due to other Parliamentary commitments however he is supportive of the group and its aims, which undoubtedly will have an effect on residents living across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park.