Dame Anne joined Arthritis Research UK in raising awareness of arthritis and the devastating impact it has on 1 in 6 people in the UK.
Dame Anne showed her support at a parliamentary event hosted by Arthritis Research UK marking National Arthritis Week – 7th – 13th October – and World Arthritis Day – 12th October. Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions are long term conditions that are painful, often debilitating and can impact greatly on people’s quality of life.
At the event hosted by Linda Riordan MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Chronic Pain, Dame Anne heard from retired fire fighter Stephen Wolstenholme about how keeping active helps him to manage the pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis. Professor Peter Kay, the National Clinical Director for musculoskeletal diseases spoke about his role to support improvements in health outcomes for people with musculoskeletal conditions.
“I know from the experience of friends and family, as well as from my work as the former Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Chronic Pain, the impact that osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis can have on the daily lives of many people in the UK. It is the most common reason for people with musculoskeletal conditions losing their jobs.”
“While treatment has improved, there is still a long way to go before people are free of the debilitating effects of the condition and the pain. That’s why there is still a great deal of research required into the condition.
“With that in mind, it’s important that people across Aberdeen South take the opportunity to learn more about arthritis and get involved in National Arthritis Week.”
For information about how to get involved in National Arthritis Week, visit www.nationalarthritisweek.org.uk or call Arthritis Research UK on 0300 790 0444.