The letter, which was signed by over 200 Members of Parliament, brain injury survivors and people working in the field of acquired brain injury, urges Boris Johnson to support the Private Members’ Bill tabled by Chris Bryant MP.
The Bill seeks to commit the government to preparing and publishing a strategy to deal with acquired brain injury, covering departments including justice, health, sport and housing.
Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway, said: “Every 90 seconds someone is admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury – that’s just under 1,000 people every single day.
“The effects of brain injury can be complex, hidden and misunderstood, making it hard for people to access help and support.
“That has to change.
“Brain injury affects so many aspects of daily life for survivors and their carers so taking a holistic approach to support them is essential. That’s why Headway is backing Chris Bryant’s Bill and asking the Prime Minister – and all MPs – to do the same.”
Chris Bryant MP said: “We need to give people back their quality of life after they have had an acquired brain injury. It affects more than one million people in this country and the government must have a plan to ensure every child and adult is properly supported.
"My Bill simply asks the government to prepare and publish a strategy so that there is cross-departmental working to meet the needs of everyone with an acquired brain injury.
“I know this will make a huge difference to many people and hope the Prime Minister will listen to those affected and take action."
How you can help
The Acquired Brain Injury Bill is due for debate in the House of Commons on 3 December so there is still time to ask your MP to back the Bill.
Please feel free to download our template letter and ask your MP to pledge their support.
Together, we can improve life after brain injury.Back