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Independent MP for Dudley North

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Austin backs awareness of Lymphedema support

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is calling for more accessible care for people suffering from Lymphedema after a Dudley resident struggled to access support on the NHS.

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Lymphedema is localised fluid retention and tissue swelling of the arms or legs, because of removal or damage of the lymph glands, sometimes due to surgery.

Currently there is little care provision available on the NHS, with support often given only by the charity National Support Network (LSN). Austin will work with the LSN to put pressure on the local Clinical Commissioning Group to provide treatment and support for sufferers of the condition.

Austin was made aware of the difficulty Lymphedema sufferers face when one of his constituents, who developed the condition in 2018 after having her lymph glands removed to stop the spread of skin cancer, contacted him to ask for support.

Austin wants to promote awareness of how Lymphedema support services should develop in the future.

Ian Austin said:

 “When a Dudley resident got in touch I was shocked at the lack of support available on the NHS. People with the condition needs many types of support; from transport issues to working tax credits, disabled parking to access to health services.

“With more cancer treatment operations removing lymph glands, Lymphedema sufferers will need better support and services throughout the UK.

“This is exactly how politics should work. It’s my job to listen to my constituents and stand up in Parliament to push for changes to help them.

“I want better access to support on the NHS for the growing number of people affected by this condition.”

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