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Mark Meets Local Campaigners

May 15, 2008

Mark Meets Local Campaigners

Mark Field, MP for Cities of London and Westminster, joined Lord Walton today at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Parliamentary Reception to meet local campaigners and lobby the government to improve specialist services for people with neuromuscular conditions.

It is estimated that 1 in 1000 people in the constituency are living with muscle disease and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s report, Focus on Physio, revealed that patients with chronic conditions are being denied access to ongoing physiotherapy by the NHS. The report, led by clinicians and physiotherapists, found that for many patients with neuromuscular conditions, physiotherapy is essential in maintaining the best possible quality of life, for as long as possible.

Mark said, “I was delighted to meet local campaigners and I commend the work of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign which is providing a national voice for those constituents affected by rare muscular conditions.”

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the only national charity focusing on all muscle diseases and invests £3 million a year in care support services, research, muscle centres, networks, information and resources. It has pioneered the search for treatments and cures for nearly 50 years and provides practical, medical and emotional support to people affected.

For interviews with local families or for more information about the work of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign contact Sal Lalji at the press office on 020 7803 4844, mobile: 07971 151910 or email: s.lalji@muscular-dystrophy.org