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MPs debate epilepsy in the House of Commons – 26 February 2015


On 26 February, 2015 at 2pm, MPs will be gathering in the House of Commons to hold a three hour parliamentary debate on epilepsy. This comes after a successful bid to raise awareness of epilepsy by MPs  Laura Sandys and Cheryl Gillan earlier this year. 

This debate gives MPs the chance to openly discuss a range of issues surrounding epilepsy and highlight areas of progress, as well as key issues and concerns of those affected by epilepsy. It is also an opportunity to get our voice heard and influence decision makers. 

We need your help

The debate will likely cover many of the issues facing people living with epilepsy in the UK today such as:

  • Current standards of the care of people with epilepsy.
  • Issues and concerns regarding epilepsy treatments & access to services. 
  • The social impact of epilepsy – stigma and mental health concerns.

All of these are important points to raise, but we at SUDEP Action need to also make sure that the voice of the bereaved and issues surrounding epilepsy risk and mortality are also heard loud and clear.

How to help

You can make sure our key messages are heard during the debate by contacting your local MP and asking them for their support during the debate. You can contact them either by email, letter or arrange a meeting to tell them why it is so important that they show support for SUDEP Action and urge them to get involved with the debate. 

If you are able to help, please get in contact with us at samantha.ashby@sudep.org and we will pass on further information to help you get in contact with your MP. 

To read the transcript of Laura Sandys request for an epilepsy debate to the Backbench Committee visit: 

www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmbackben/cbbc060115...