Arthritis alliance in Europe PA push

BRUSSELS: The European League Against Rheumatism (Eular) is spearheading a Europe-wide public affairs campaign to improve European arthritis treatment and disability legislation.

A number of UK arthritis organisations, including the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA), Arthritis Care and the British Society for Rheumatology, are backing Eular’s campaign as constituents of the pan-European Alliance Against Arthritis (AAA).

The initiative will kick off at a summit in Brussels on 15 March when the AAA will meet with MEPs and European government officials. The alliance will lobby for increased funding for research for rheumatology, improved access to arthritis treatments and the promotion of activities aimed at generating a greater understanding across Europe of musculoskeletal conditions.

‘This is the first time arthritis patient groups have teamed up with health professionals,’ said Eular vice-president and Arthritis Care director of public affairs Neil Betteridge. ‘We hope it will make key officials and senior politicians realise that arthritis is a serious political problem at both a national and a European level.’

Brussels summit organisers plan to stage a telephone link-up with representatives from the Arthritis Foundation conference in the US, which takes place on the same day at Capitol Hill.

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