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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th May 2016.

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Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Secretary of State for International Development 12:00 am, 4th May 2016

We have seen the group’s report, and we think it addresses some key issues and is realistic. It is also worth pointing out that the number of cases of polio in the world this year is down to a handful. We are within touching distance of seeing this terrible disease eradicated from our planet for the first time in history.

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Chris Beazer
Posted on 5 May 2016 11:07 am (Report this annotation)

Polio may be near to eradication, but the people who were affected by polio in this country during the epidemics in the 50s and 60s - over 120,000 - are still suffering from the affects of the disease via a condition known as "Post Polio Syndrome" (PPS) where, in essence, the disease returns to the victim. The government is victimising these people by implementing PIP which has taken mobility aids such as cars from them and forcing them to be considered as eligible for employment.