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MPs hear call for better AS treatment

A member of parliament with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is raising awareness of the need for adequate provision of physiotherapy to treat the condition.

Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore in South Wales, told other MPs in the House of Commons that people with AS must have information on, and access to, physiotherapy.

He secured an adjournment debate in parliament on AS, and used it to present a ‘mini manifesto’ for better treatment of the condition.

Mr Irranca-Davies said awareness of AS needed to be increased among the medical profession; people with AS should be managed by the right specialists as part of a multidisciplinary team; and long-term follow up and management of the condition should be introduced.

Responding to Mr Irranca-Davies’ speech, health minister Norman Lamb acknowledged there was too much variation in the NHS in provision of services for AS - and for musculoskeletal services generally.

Mr Lamb agreed to meet Mr Irranca-Davies, the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society and Arthritis Research UK to discuss the condition’s treatment further.

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