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Virendra Sharma MP calls for unity

23/03/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Following yesterday’s despicable and cowardly attack on Parliament I would like to urge peace, unity and cooperation.

Yesterday a brave Police officer ran towards danger to protect the public and lost his life. I want to praise PC Keith Palmer’s sacrifice along with the hard work and professionalism of all the security staff yesterday. I would also like to thank Tobias Ellwood, my friend and colleague, for doing what he could to try and save the life of PC Palmer.

Many men and women lie injured in hospital after this contemptible act, and two people are dead from the attack on Westminster Bridge. While the facts of what truly happened are still unfolding I would encourage everyone to carry on with their lives, as Londoners have done for centuries.

We must not jump to conclusions, we must not sink to the level of people who hate us, we must stand together as a community not apart and not scared, unbent and unbowed.”

Virendra Sharma MP

People can donate to the family of PC Keith Palmer here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/keith-palmer

 

Virendra Sharma MP calls for unity

  News from Virendra Sharma MP Virendra Sharma MP calls for unity 23/03/2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Following yesterday’s despicable and cowardly attack on Parliament I would like to urge...

Local MP Virendra Sharma has pledged to take on the unacceptable lack of progress in tackling young people’s mental health.

MQ_swearing_to_take_it_on_1.pngVirendra Sharma joined MPs from all parties in swearing to tackle mental illness at an event in Parliament.   

New figures from mental health research charity MQ show that four in 10 (42%) people in the UK have come to believe that mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression are now an inevitable part of life, such is the lack of understanding and action around mental health. 84% say that not enough is being done to tackle mental illness for the future. And 68% of parents believe that having more education about mental illnesses could prevent suffering for future generations.

Three children in an average class are affected by a diagnosable mental illness. But many are waiting a decade between experiencing their first symptoms and getting help. Only a quarter of young people referred to services receive appropriate care. Overall only £8 is spent on research per person affected on mental health in the UK, which is 22 times less than per person for cancer (£178) and 14 times less than dementia spend (£110).

And despite 75% of mental illness starting before the age of 18, less than 30% of the total mental health research spend is focused on children and young people. As a result, the majority of mental healthcare resources are not designed or developed for young people, leading to poor treatment outcomes in young people and hindering prevention efforts.

Virendra Sharma MP said:

Mental illness should not be seen as an inevitable part of life. The current state of mental health treatment would simply never be accepted for a physical condition.

MQ’s ‘We Swear’ campaign aims to make it clear that radical change is needed right now and asks the public to show they ‘give a s**t’ by swearing to take on mental illness.

Through research we can get to grips with this growing crisis in young people's mental health - and build progress towards much-needed hope for everyone affected.”

Swear to take on mental health. Search #WeSwear on social media or visit www.mqmentalhealth.org/we-swear for further information as to how you can help.

Virendra Sharma swears to take on mental illness

Local MP Virendra Sharma has pledged to take on the unacceptable lack of progress in tackling young people’s mental health. Virendra Sharma joined MPs from all parties in swearing to...

Virendra Sharma, the MP for Ealing, Southall, attended a reception at the Palace of Westminster to show his support for efforts to tackle the relatively unknown illness sepsis, which claims the lives of at least 44,000 people every year in the UK.  The event was aiming to raise awareness of a condition that kills more people than breast cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer and road accidents combined.

Sepsis_.jpgSepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if it is not recognised early and treated promptly. Sepsis is the leading cause of death from infection around the world and, despite advances in modern medicine like vaccines and antibiotics acute care experts believe not enough is being done to save lives.  

The event was attended by many parliamentarians, and was supported by a number of representatives from charities and the medical and nursing Royal Colleges, sepsis survivors, doctors, nurses, health professionals and the general public. Speakers included the Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England National Medical Director, Dr Ron Daniels and Tom Ray, sepsis survivor.

At the reception, Dr Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, announced new figures from Research by the York Health Economics Consortium which suggests 260,000 Britons develop the condition every year. This figure is 110,000 higher than previous estimates, which put the number of affected patients at 150,000.

Its report said sepsis costs the UK economy up to £15.6billion a year, adding that earlier diagnosis and treatment could save more than 14,000 lives annually.

Dr Daniels said: ‘We’ve long been aware that sepsis causes thousands of unnecessary deaths every year and presents an unmanageable economic burden.

A crippling paucity of data has thus far confined us to conservative estimates, but the figures reported in YHEC’s study are a shocking new indication of the gravity and sheer scale of the problem. It’s sobering to learn that the issue is so much greater than previously estimated.’

irendra Sharma shows support for efforts to tackle the relatively unknown illness sepsis

Virendra Sharma, the MP for Ealing, Southall, attended a reception at the Palace of Westminster to show his support for efforts to tackle the relatively unknown illness sepsis, which claims...


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