Epilepsy

Part of Culture, Media and Sport Committee – in the House of Commons at 3:06 pm on 26th February 2015.

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Photo of Laura Sandys Laura Sandys Conservative, South Thanet 3:06 pm, 26th February 2015

I beg to move,

That this House
has considered epilepsy.

I would like to start by thanking the Backbench Business Committee for allowing my right hon. Friend Mrs Gillan, who has done so much to support and advocate on behalf of people with epilepsy, and me the opportunity to have this debate. It is a great honour to be able to open this debate in the presence of so many fellow members of the all-party group on epilepsy, who over the past five years have worked together to ensure that we raise epilepsy issues with all the relevant Departments. However, I personally feel that I might not have done enough. There is still so much more to do to ensure that epilepsy has its rightful place in health and social care and that it is seen as a chronic condition that needs greater attention, greater support and—this is very close to my heart—much less stigmatisation.