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24 February 2015

MP Cheryl Gillan speaks out for epilepsy

MP Cheryl Gillan  will be speaking  out for  epilepsy at a landmark debate at the House of Commons on Thursday (February 26). The MP for Chesham and Amersham is a Vice President of Epilepsy Society and met with the charity's policy team this week for a briefing ahead of the debate.

Sarah Vibert is pictured with MP Cheryl Gillan at the House of Commons.Sarah Vibert, director of external affairs at Epilepsy Society, said:  'Cheryl has been a long-time supporter of Epilepsy Society and is well aware of the impact epilepsy can have on people's lives and the need for improved epilepsy services.  She is also a champion of  our research work  and medical services and we hope that she will call for government support and  investment  in  research and its translation into clinical practice.'

Epilepsy Society has prepared a briefing pack for MPs which highlights  a number of key areas where the government can make a difference.

The calls to action include:

  • a long term commitment to funding clinical research
  • giving patients a voice in  assessing the value of new medicines and technologies
  • prioritising neurological conditions, and epilepsy, with commissioners.

Read  the full  briefing  and more on taking action. (To request the briefing pack by email, please contact katharine.mcintosh@epilepsysociety.org.uk

Picture caption: Sarah Vibert, left, is pictured with MP Cheryl Gillan at the House of Commons.