Musculoskeletal conditions are the single biggest cause of disability in the UK, affecting 10 million people. They amount to the third largest area of NHS spending, with an annual budget of £4.8 billion, and are the cause of one in five working days lost in the UK.
It is estimated that over 60,000 people in Bradford live with osteoarthritis.
Arthritis Research UK is the charity dedicated to stopping the devastating impact that arthritis has on people's lives. They invest in breakthrough treatments and the best information to support everyone affected by arthritis. Their remit covers all conditions which affect the joints, bones and muscles including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain and osteoporosis.
Arthritis Research UK have launched their Prevent, Transform, Cure Manifesto for the 2017 General Election, which has four key policy asks to help people with arthritis:
1. Make musculoskeletal conditions a public health priority.
2. Ensure people have timely access to health and care services that enable them to improve their musculoskeletal health.
3. Ensure people with musculoskeletal conditions have fair and timely access to services that support them to be in work, including financial support.
4. Protect the UK's position as a global leader in science and sustain the benefits of the life-science sector to the economy.