A POLITICIAN is set to become an ‘arthritis champion’.
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of the Lib Dems in Portsmouth, will Arthritis UK in its efforts to find a cure for the condition.
He has also pledged to campaign to make musculoskeletal conditions a ‘public health priority’ and fight to ensure patients get the best care.
Musculoskeletal conditions include osteoarthritis, back pain and osteoporosis.
Cllr Vernon-Jackson, the former city council leader and current Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South, said, ‘I am delighted to become an Arthritis Champion.
‘Musculoskeletal conditions affect a huge number of people and are a significant cause of disability in the UK.
‘These are painful conditions which can have a massive impact on every aspect of people’s lives.
‘We need to see change that creates the best possible policy environment in which to prevent and cure these conditions.
‘We also need an urgent transformation of the services available to those who are living with these conditions now.’
Dr Liam O’Toole, chief executive officer of Arthritis Research UK, said: ‘I’m delighted that Gerald Vernon-Jackson has become an Arthritis Champion.
‘We need their help to champion the needs of people with arthritis both nationally and locally. He added: ‘There is much that can be done: but we can’t do it alone.’