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Arthritis and Employment

Part of Secondary School Standards: East Cleveland – in Westminster Hall at 4:51 pm on 21st May 2019.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Labour, Ellesmere Port and Neston 4:51 pm, 21st May 2019

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Graham. I congratulate Bill Grant on securing the debate, which is of great interest to me, both in a professional capacity as a former employment lawyer, and in a personal capacity as the husband of a fibromyalgia sufferer. I have seen at first hand the impact that invisible conditions such as arthritis and related conditions can have on an individual’s daily life. We do not talk about it enough, because the hardest symptoms for any of us to understand are those that we cannot see. Symptoms such as fatigue and pain, which are common in arthritis and related conditions, can be invisible to the outside world but no less debilitating for that.