This Parkinson’s Awareness Week Andrew Gwynne MP has pledged his support to a new UK campaign, We Won’t Wait, in unison with the charity, Parkinson’s UK.
The campaign is calling for urgent action to unlock the promise of research developments that could pave the way to better treatments and stop Parkinson’s drugs falling behind.
Research released by the charity revealed that despite being an incurable, degenerative condition which can affect anyone, in the North West:
- More than half (54%) of people are unsure, or wrongly say that it is possible to prevent Parkinson’s.
- Four in five (84%) are unsure, or incorrectly think that there is no limit to the amount of time Parkinson’s medication works for.
- Three in five (58%) wrongly believe that Parkinson’s medication does more than mask or ease the symptoms of the condition.
Parkinson’s UK wants to drive forward crucial developments in Parkinson’s research to pioneer more effective treatments that are desperately needed for the estimated 14,000 living with the condition in the North West.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“While great strides have been made over the years, people with Parkinson’s are still waiting for a treatment that can tackle the condition head on.
“Because of this, I am supporting Parkinson’s UK’s We Won’t Wait campaign. We need a change in approach to deliver better treatments and a cure faster.”
Steve Ford, Chief Executive at Parkinson’s UK said:
“We are delighted that Andrew Gwynne MP is supporting our crucial campaign to transform research so that people with Parkinson’s have access to new and better treatments that will improve their lives and, ultimately, a cure for this cruel condition.”
To find out more about the We Won’t Wait campaign visit parkinsons.org.uk
 ComRes interviewed 4,149 UK adults aged 18+, including 479 adults from the North West of England, online, between 9th and 15th December 2016. Data were weighted to be representative by age, gender, region and socio-economic grade. Data tables can be found at http://www.comresglobal.com.