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Getting political buy-in to kidney disease

07 September 2023

On Monday 11 September we are hosting a parliamentary reception, providing the kidney community with the chance to speak directly to politicians and decision makers who influence and shape government policy. 

This Westminster event is a key milestone since the publication of our report warning that kidney disease has become a public health emergency, and highlighting the projected rise in patient numbers and consequent economic costs. 

The front cover of the Health Economics report document

Government intervention to make change

At the event we will be using the findings of the report to garner support from MPs and peers for prioritising investment in earlier detection of kidney disease.  

“Earlier diagnosis could mean the difference between someone managing relatively comfortably for many years with chronic kidney disease, or relying on dialysis or transplantation to stay alive,” explains Alison Railton, head of policy and external affairs at Kidney Research UK. “During this event we will show our political representatives that by detecting kidney disease earlier, doctors can support patients to make lifestyle changes and prescribe certain medications so that they can avoid or delay kidney failure and costly kidney replacement therapies. 

“The more politicians we can talk to about this, the more likely it is that kidney disease will be prioritised, so we really need our supporters to encourage their MP to attend.” 

Join us to take action 

Our e-action makes contacting your MP very straightforward. Follow the link to our quick and easy e-action tool where you can add your personal touch to our pre-written email. A few sentences about your own experiences with kidney disease could make all the difference. Have your say, today. 

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