National Health Action Party candidate to campaign for arthritis awareness
PUBLISHED: 13:03 03 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:03 03 March 2015
Bob Gill is standing in Old Bexley and Sidcup
National Health Action Party candidate Dr Bob Gill has agreed to campaign for better healthcare for people with arthritis, back problems and osteoporosis.
Mr Gill is standing for the nationwide pro-NHS party in Old Bexley and Sidcup against Conservative James Brokenshire.
He has agreed to be one of Arthritis Research UK’s arthritis champions, supporting the charity’s efforts to find a cure for arthritis, and calling for national policies to help prevent its onset and provide better care for people who have musculoskeletal conditions – of whom there are more than 10 million in the UK.
Dr Gill, who has worked at the Ingleton Avenue surgery in Welling for a decade, said he would be campaigning to make musculoskeletal conditions a public health priority.
“I am delighted to become an arthritis champion,” he said.
“Musculoskeletal conditions are a significant cause of disability in the UK.
“We need to see change that creates the best possible policy environment in which to prevent and cure these conditions. We also need an urgent transformation of the services available to those who are living with these conditions now.”
Dr Liam O’Toole, CEO of Arthritis Research UK, said: “I’m delighted that Bob has become an arthritis champion. We need their help to champion the needs of people with arthritis.”