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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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November 9, 2017

To back a campaign by the Anaemia Manifesto Steering Committee (AMSC), Julian was tested for anaemia, a ‘hidden condition’ which affects around 4 million people in the UK and costs the NHS an estimated £54 million each year.

Julian met with patients and clinicians to discuss how we could help improve the lives of those suffering from anaemia. In spite of the prevalence of the condition, the commonness of the symptoms such as paleness, hair loss, fatigue and shortness of breath often lead to it going unnoticed.

In the Vale of York alone, 1,834 people are hospitalised with anaemia which costs the local NHS £1,594,954. By getting people diagnosed early, the AMSC hopes to improve the treatment and care for patients.

The Anaemia Manifesto Steering committee works with the NHS, patients, health care practitioners and policy makers towards the goal of making anaemia diagnosis much more straightforward. Moreover, it works extremely hard to ensure that patients get access to the right kind of treatment and learn how to manage their condition.

Commenting Julian said, “It is very important to me to support this great initiative, which I know affects almost 2,000 people in the Vale of York alone. In order to combat the disproportionately low rate of diagnosis for anaemia and iron deficiency, I encourage any constituent who has concerns to contact and consult their GP as soon as possible.

The Chair of the AMSC, Michael Sobanja, said, “I am delighted that Mr Sturdy has come out to support our initiative. His attendance on the day has significantly helped move our critical issue up the political agenda, and we hope we will improve care in York.