Andrew Percy, Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole, has announced that he is supporting a charity campaign for more specialist inflammatory bowel disease nurses.
He cited a recent survey conducted by Crohn’s and Colitis UK, which suggested that at least 100,000 patients in the UK with IBD do not have access to adequate care.
“I want to see more specialist IBD nurses locally”
In addition, Mr Percy noted that studies had shown that IBD nurses helped with a 38% reduction in hospital visits and a 19% reduction in in-patient length of stay.
Research also revealed that 60% of IBD services in hospitals did not currently meet the recommended standard for the number of IBD nurses necessary to deliver the right level of service and support, he said.
Meanwhile, 80% of survey respondents without access to a specialist nurse did not know they should have access to one – highlighting the information gap that patients need to understand and manage their condition effectively.
Mr Percy, who has previously worked closely with Crohn’s & Colitis UK, said: “Those living with IBD deserve access to the indispensable services and support provided by specialist IBD nurses, particularly as they are proven to improve quality of life.
“I want to see more specialist IBD nurses locally to ensure that my constituents have access to the crucial care they both need and deserve,” he said.
“Many patients who do have access to a specialist nurse often describe this additional care as a ‘lifeline’, as the nurses not only provide care but advice and wider support,” said Mr Percy.
He added: “I have written to the secretary of state for health and to the local hospital trust to ask what is being done to support those with IBD and to provide the specialist care that these nurses can bring.”
Mr Percy’s local acute provider is Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.