Wednesday, 7 January 2015

House of Lords debate

We would like to bring your attention to the first ever short debate held in the House of Lords on antiphospholipid (Hughes) syndrome. 

The question posed by Baroness Drake was: “what actions are Her Majesty’s Government taking to raise awareness of the autoimmune condition antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) amongst general practitioners and throughout the National Health Service”. 

She was supported by our charity’s wonderful Chair, Baroness Estelle Morris, with Lord Hunt arguing for and Earl Howe against. 

You can either read the transcript of the debate here: 

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201415/ldhansrd/text/150309-0003.htm#15030931000088 

or watch the video here: 

http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/ddb0a58f-8b9e-491a-a47c-6db1d9ea9fe4 

The debate was held on Monday 9th March 2015 at 8.02 pm so, if you are watching the video, please drag the timer slide to 8.02.27 to find the beginning. 

Needless to say, we are delighted that APS/Hughes is on the agenda at the Lords, and one of the outcome of the debate is that the government now supports the need for a UK prevalence study. 

We will continue to campaign for earlier testing for women with miscarriage, to have all the tests for antiphospholipid antibodies included in thrombophilia screens in every hospital in the UK, and testing for anyone under the age of 50 who has a stroke, DVT or heart attack.

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