On 15th July, Action Cerebral Palsy (ActionCP) was back in Parliament for the second session of the Parliamentary inquiry, led by Paul Maynard MP. This time, the Inquiry heard from specialists from a number of ActionCP consortium centres. We at Paces were especially pleased that Karen Hague MBE was able to represent Paces and that our MP Angela Smith met ActionCP members with Karen later in the day.
"Today our Parliamentary inquiry into cerebral palsy heard evidence from specialists from some of our consortium centres. Huge thanks to all witnesses. Photographed are today’s witnesses with Paul Maynard MP (centre) who is chairing the inquiry.
"Many of the key themes were consistent with what parents told the inquiry last month:
• Early intervention is crucial. Age 0-2 is the critical time for successful intervention in a child with cerebral palsy
• The UK needs a national cerebral palsy register to facilitate research and ensure appropriate resourcing
• Parents need to be supported through personal budgets system
• We need better joined up working between Local Education Authorities, the Health Service and the voluntary sector
• Too many children are being failed by the system. Good provision for children with cerebral palsy should be an entitlement, not a fight.
The 1st session of the Parliamentary Inquiry into cerebral palsy was held on 10 June when evidence was heard from parents. The 3rd session will be in October to hear evidence from health professionals.