Alex Cole Hamilton has agreed to become an ‘Arthritis Champion’, and is asking his local communities to get involved in the fight to beat arthritis.
The MSP is backing Arthritis Research UK in their efforts to prevent and cure arthritis, and transform the lives of people that live with the pain of arthritis, and has signed up to their ‘Prevent, Transform, Cure’ agenda.
Hundreds of thousands of people across Scotland live with the pain of arthritis. People with conditions like osteoarthritis, back pain and osteoporosis often experience a great deal of pain and a loss of mobility, which can make everyday tasks like shopping, making a cup of tea or playing with their grandchildren almost impossible.
Across the UK, over 10 million people in the UK have arthritis, and it is the number one cause of pain and disability.
By agreeing to become an Arthritis Champion, Alex has pledged to:
- campaign to make arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions a public health priority
- fight to ensure that people with arthritis get high-quality care at the time that they need it
- champion Scotland’s role in medical research and the search for a cure for arthritis
Speaking about the agenda, Alex said, “I am delighted to become an Arthritis Champion. Arthritis affects a huge number of local people in Edinburgh Western and Scotland, and is the number one cause of pain and 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 a commitment from all parties to prevent and cure arthritis, and a transformation of the services available to those that are living with this pain now.”
Visit www.arthritisresearchuk.org/scotland to find out more.