Councillors to pledge support for charter backing patients

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PORTSMOUTH has become the latest city to pledge its commitment to helping patients with motor neurone disease.

Councillors will sign a charter tomorrow pledging to do more to help raise awareness and do more to support people living with the condition.

The signing will take place in the Lord Mayor’s Banqueting Suite and all signatures will be presented to the government. The charter calls for MND patients to have the right to an early diagnosis and information, access to quality care and treatments and the right to be treated with dignity.

It also calls for carers to have the right to be valued, respected, listened to and well-supported.

Donna Jones, Tory leader of Portsmouth City Council, and Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Lib Dem group leader, brought forward a notice of motion to the latest meeting of the full council urging the authority to sign the charter.

‘We believe MND needs more awareness, so people recognise what a devastating condition this can be,’ she said.