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In October 2018 the All Party Parliamentary Group on acquired brain injury delivered a major report to government.

The ‘Time For Change’ report has prompted debate and discussion from all quarters on what should be the start of a long road to a brighter future.

The report makes a number of key recommendations for policy makers, focusing on improving specialist rehab provision after brain injury. It also touches on a number of areas, including education support for children and young people, welfare benefits and better care in the criminal justice system.

Proud to play our part

With this subject being one of real interest and passion for our solicitors, we were delighted to be invited by the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum to support the publication of the report.

The work has been led by Chris Bryant MP who has long been vocal in his support for improving services for individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI).

Our serious injury solicitors Sarah Griggs and Tracey Storey attended the launch event and Sarah was keen to praise what should be just the beginning for a piece of work that could lead to real change.

Sarah said: “The report makes for fascinating reading and provides real ammunition for those campaigning for changes. Of course the hard work starts now but we are proud to have been able to support the publication of the report and we’ll be doing all we can to ensure it makes a real impact.”

An in-depth look at ABI

The report contains evidence from a range of medical and other experts and makes 20 key recommendations for those suffering with an ABI.

The report also highlights the scale of the current problems, such as the fact there are 956 hospital admissions related to ABI every day, which is one every 90 seconds. In addition to this there are over 1.3 million people living with traumatic brain injury-related disabilities in the UK which costs over £15 billion per year.

Neil Whiteley heads up our serious injury team and supports the notion that it is time for change. He said: “Sadly we have seen the results of delayed treatment and the dangers when there is a low level of awareness and understanding of ABI. The report suggests positive ways to make this a thing of the past and that is a future we should all be working towards.”

ABI is a very challenging diagnosis to deal with and we have seen first-hand the struggles that our clients go through.

While we always aim to offer support every step of the way, more needs to be done to protect them and ensure there is a duty of care for everyone that needs it. It’s time for change.

You can read the report in full at ukabif.org.uk/appg-report

Turning Point – Winter 2018

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