AMs support call for children's arthritis service in Wales

Wales paediatric rheumatology photo

Our campaign for better access to services for children made a huge leap forward this week, with Assembly Members (AMs) voting overwhelmingly in favour of a Motion that called for a full multidisciplinary paediatric rheumatology service to be developed in Wales. There is now huge pressure on the government to take action.

Wales is the only home nation without a full service and many families in Wales travel long distances to access vital healthcare. Arthritis Care believes children with arthritis in Wales deserve better.

Arthritis Care Wales, the British Society for Rheumatology and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society have been working together to campaign for a full service in Wales. The charities recently worked with David Melding AM, who also led the debate, to hold a drop-in event for AMs about childhood arthritis and the difficulties facing families.

Mary Cowern, Director of Arthritis Care Wales, said: “Children with arthritis need access to high quality health and support services to help limit the physical and emotional impact of their condition and to enable them to reach their true potential. The development of multidisciplinary paediatric rheumatology services is a much-needed resource in Wales and would make a huge difference to the lives of children with arthritis and their families.”

The Motion debated at the Assembly received good cross-party support and was co-tabled by Julie Morgan AM, Dr Dai Lloyd AM, Caroline Jones AM and Rhun ap Iorwerth AM.

Yesterday’s debate follows another success in this campaign, after a review of specialist paediatric services in Wales was announced in February.

If you are a parent or child with arthritis living in Wales and would like to get involved in the campaign, please email cymru@arthritiscare.org.uk

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