March 15, 2022
Call for Evidence launched for national brain injury strategy
Following months of campaigning alongside brain injury charities, survivors, clinicians and providers Chris Bryant, MP and Chair of the APPG for Acquired Brain Injury has agreement from the Government that it will implement a cross departmental strategy for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
Chris Bryant launched a Private Members Bill in June 2021 – the Bill was due to have its second reading on 3rd December but following a question to the Prime Minister on 24th December a statement was issued by Gillian Keegan, the Minister of State for Care and Mental Health to confirm that a Panel Board would be established in early in 2022 to implement an ABI strategy.
Chris Bryant, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury, said: “The Government has announced it will be creating a Panel Board in the New Year with officials from several departments to start devising a whole-Government strategy on ABI. In other words, the Government is doing precisely what my Acquired Brain Injury Private Members’ Bill is calling for.
“A huge thank you to all the acquired brain injury charities, MPs and other campaigners who have been supporting my Bill and the campaign.”
Chris Bryant and Gillian Keegan will co-chair the programme board which will begin by launching a call for evidence in early 2022.
Lesley Pope, Chair of INPA said: “Members of INPA are in the position of seeing the effects of acquired brain injury on those they look after every day. We are really pleased to that the government are taking this strategy forward and looking at how brain injury crosses into sop many different parts of life.”
There is much work to do in the New Year as the ABI strategy is drawn together and INPA will play a role in ensuring the evidence they have is part of the review process
You can read a full copy of the statement here https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2021-12-02/hcws438