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Super show of political support

13 September 2023

Thank you so much to the hundreds of supporters who contacted their MPs and encouraged them to attend our Westminster reception on Monday 11 September.

The parliamentary launch

The event was the parliamentary launch of our report warning that kidney disease has become a public health emergency and gave us the opportunity to highlight the projected rise in patient numbers and consequent economic costs.

MPs, clinicians, patients and representatives from the healthcare industry heard from Professor Sir Steve Powis (national medical director of NHS England), Karin Smyth MP (shadow minister for health and social care), Jill Mortimer MP, Kidney Research UK chief executive Sandra Currie and our ambassador, footballing legend Andy Cole.

Karin Smyth presenting at our parliamentary event
Karin Smyth MP, shadow minister for health and social care
Andy Cole and Mohammed Yasin MP holding signs of support for raising the importance of kidney disease during an event in parliament
Andy Cole and Mohammed Yasin MP
Sir Steve Powis presenting in parliament
Professor Sir Steve Powis, national medical director of NHS England

Moving kidney disease up the political agenda

"We had an excellent audience who were very receptive to our case for prioritising investment in earlier detection of kidney disease,” said Alison Railton, head of policy and external affairs at Kidney Research UK. “We are now urgently capitalising on the conversations from the event. This is only possible thanks to the ongoing support from the kidney community. Thank you for continuing to engage with your political representatives so that we can move kidney disease up the political agenda.”

Find out more

Our recently published report show that kidney disease has become a public health emergency in the UK, with cases of the health condition growing so rapidly it risks costing the UK economy £13.9billion annually by 2033 without significant government intervention.

Read more about the report findings, predictions for 2033 and the proposed healthcare inventions.

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