Steve celebrates Healthcare Champion Awards

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, attended The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) Hea


The biennial NRAS Healthcare Champion Awards provides the opportunity to celebrate the dedication and professionalism of those healthcare professionals that go ‘the extra mile’ to provide the best possible outcomes for the many people coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis, while also working in a challenging environment of NHS reforms and austerity.



This year NRAS members across the UK were asked to nominate their choices of healthcare professionals for the awards and the response was phenomenal.  A wide variety of nominations were received from whole rheumatology units, consultants, specialist nurses and GPs.



During the event, Mr McCabe spoke to NRAS Chief Executive, Ailsa Bosworth (pictured) about priorities for the sector, including Government proposals to create a Quality Standard for the disease and conduct a new clinical audit to assess how well medical professionals are adhering to best practice.



Commenting on the nominations Ailsa Bosworth, Chief Executive, NRAS said:


“The current NHS reforms are understandably having a high profile in the national media and we share concerns about how these reforms will impact rheumatoid arthritis care and services going forwards. Having said this, once again I am enormously impressed by the dedication of our health professionals in RA and so proud that for the third year, and in such a special year, we are having the opportunity to celebrate the good work of our Healthcare Champions in RA. I would like to thank all those who wrote in with their nominations and applaud our winners for their professionalism and excellent care.”


Steve McCabe MP also applauded the success of the Awards saying:


“The NRAS Healthcare Champions Awards are a terrific achievement for those working in the rheumatoid arthritis field. I was very pleased to be able to attend the awards ceremony to show my support and raise awareness for a serious disease that is frequently misunderstood.



“I look forward to working with NRAS to campaign for further, much needed, improvements to the quality of care offered to the 580,000 people in England living with rheumatoid arthritis.


“However, I am extremely worried about how the Conservative-Liberal Democrat healthcare reforms will impact upon these services and the ability of the NHS to maintain its record of quality care.”


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