Angela supports launch of leading hearing loss report
Angela recently attended the Westminster launch of Hearing Matters, the state-of-the-nation report on hearing loss, released by UK charity Action on Hearing Loss on November 4
The report comprehensively details the scale and impact of deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss, revealing that the prevalence of hearing loss has increased to 11 million (one in six) in the UK, with a further forecasted increase to 15.6 million (one in five) by 2035 due to an ageing population.
Angela Smith MP said: “The Hearing Matters report makes it clear to NHS commissioners, employers, and the government that we need to tackle hearing loss as a major public health condition. I fully support the recommendations made in the report, that we as a nation need to urgently plan to meet the needs of this increasing number of people with hearing loss, massively increase funding into research into treatments, and to safeguard the provision of hearing aids – which provide a demonstrable lifeline to those who use them.”
Paul Breckell, Action on Hearing Loss Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that Angela Smith MP attended the launch of our report, and is supporting our aim to ensure that those with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss in her constituency are not denied the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.”
Jonathan Gardner, Chief Executive, Boots Hearingcare added: “Our colleagues at Boots Hearingcare are hugely proud of our partnership with Action on Hearing Loss and we are delighted to have been able to sponsor this latest edition of Hearing Matters, which I am sure will have a profound impact in ensuring that the voice of the hearing care sector is heard both in government, the health service and elsewhere in society.”
To read ‘Hearing Matters – why urgent action is needed on deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss across the UK’, please visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/hearingmatters .
Notes to editors:
Action on Hearing Loss helps people to confront deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose. Action on Hearing Loss enables them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way. Action on Hearing Loss gives people support and care, develop technology and treatments, and campaign for equality.
2015 Figures – 11 million people affected by hearing loss, with the figure rising to 15.6 million by 2035.
Angela marks World Toilet Day
Angela Smith, has joined calls on the UK Government to prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) on World Toilet Day.
One in three people around the world still don’t have access to a safe and private toilet. That’s why WaterAid, with support from Yorkshire Water, are committed to making sure everyone everywhere has access to toilets by 2030. Angela has signed a motion in Parliament calling on the Government to prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene spending in the aid budget after learning that over 840,000 people die every year from diseases related to lack of access to water and sanitation.
In May, independent polling of 150 MPs and 50 Prospective Parliamentary Candidates revealed that they believe the biggest proportion of UK foreign aid goes to health programmes, followed closely by aid for clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene. In reality, this is far from the case. Just 2% of the UK bilateral aid budget is spent on water, sanitation and hygiene. WASH is central to progressing on other key development areas such as health, education and nutrition.
After signing the motion Angela commented:
“I was shocked to learn that more people in the world have access to a mobile phone than a toilet. We take basic sanitation for granted and we need to push our Government to make sure that everyone everywhere has access to clean water and sanitation by 2030 .”
Emily Brady, Public Affairs Advisor at Yorkshire Water said:
“We’d like to thank Angela for their support in highlighting this really important issue. As long-standing supporters of WaterAid, we’re proud to be playing our part in providing safe water and sanitation to some of the world’s poorest countries. We understand the importance of clean, safe water, and we have recently committed to raising £1million over 5 years for WaterAid projects in Ethiopia.”
Notes to editor:
Yorkshire Water manages the collection, treatment and distribution of water in the region, supplying around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water to over 5 million people every day. We have 2,500 colleagues and rely on a huge network of more than 700 treatment works, 130 reservoirs and 62,000 miles of mains to transport water around the whole county using our unique grid system. To keep such a complex system working effectively we've got to constantly invest in it, that's why between 2010 and 2015 we'll be putting £3.5 billion back into the local economy. But we're more than just a water company, we're also the second largest landowner in Yorkshire with 80,000 acres of land, and we welcome thousands of visitors to some of the most scenic spots that you'll find anywhere in Yorkshire every year. Our company vision is "taking care of the water environment for good" and we were delighted to be awarded platinum status in the Business in the Community environment index for our work in the area.
Angela backs call for 50 year forward view for NHS
Angela has backed a call for the NHS to put in place measures needed to deliver innovative and effective treatments that will improve patient outcomes for the next 50 years.
She heard how medical technology has changed over the past 50 years, how it has improved the lives of patients, and about the MTG’s call for a ‘NHS 50 Year Forward View’.
With the NHS under increasing pressure to meet its budget targets, the MTG is highlighting the role that medical technologies – anything from an insulin pump to a hip joint replacement – can play in improving treatments and achieving cost savings.
“It’s clear that medical technology could be used more to improve the lives of patients’ with a range of conditions, helping them return to work, care for loved ones or just enabling them to be looked after at home.
“Medical technology can also save the NHS money in the long term by reducing hospital admissions and avoiding complications. But access to these technologies is not always possible, that’s why I’m calling on the NHS to take a long term view on the benefits.”
Barbara Harpham, chair of the Medical Technology Group, says:
“The NHS is not adopting medical technologies as widely and as quickly as it should, and patients in the UK are missing out when compared to other countries.
“Insulin pumps are a prime example. These have been approved by NICE for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes, but uptake in the UK is currently 6%, half the target 12% recommended by NICE in 2008.
“We also rank 21st in Western Europe, behind countries like Greece, Slovakia and Malta, for implant rates of ICDs (implantable cardioverter defibrillators), which have an overwhelmingly positive clinical record for preventing deaths and hospital admissions for heart failure patients.
“We are calling on the NHS to address the disparities in medical technology access and ensure that when decisions are made, they are based on the value the technology delivers to patients and to the NHS over the long term.”