Thank you to those who have contacted me about support for people with motor neurone disease (MND).
Please allow me to assure you that research, ensuring early diagnosis, and providing support are the Government’s key priorities for helping those living with MND.
I was encouraged that the Government recently committed at least £50 million over the next five years to MND research, and funding can be accessed through applications to the NIHR and UKRI, subject to peer review and open competition.
It is also positive to see the commitment to launch a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) led Research Unit which will coordinate research applications for this funding.
This unit is backed by £4 million and is co-funded by the NIHR, UK Research and Innovation, Life Arc, MND Association and My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. This coordinated funding commitment will accelerate progress across the UK to find better treatments for MND, and give people living with the condition the chance of a better quality of life, and more good years with their loved ones.
I believe it is important that care is as accessible as possible, and I am glad that the recent Spending Review committed £2.3 billion in funding for at least 100 community diagnostic centres across England alongside a broader £44 billion uplift in NHS funding before the end of this Parliament. This will help all those who live with MND access the care they need.