Are you currently struggling to access appropriate dermatological treatments or have experienced the rationing of some emollients?
At a recent meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group
on Skin (APPGS), concerns were raised about how some patients may be struggling to
access treatments for their psoriasis or are experiencing the rationing of some
This is worrying as it could threaten the health and
well-being of millions of people with inflammatory skin conditions and is
contrary to clinical guidelines which recommend their use.
At the same meeting, some
MPs commented on how they are very rarely contacted by constituents with skin
care issues, with some never having received any correspondence on this subject at all.
MPs are elected officials who can attempt to provide
help, both locally and confidentially on a variety of psoriasis treatments,
conditions and issues. They can write or speak to local health agencies and
commissioners on your behalf, and also seek to influence national policy by
raising the broader issue within Parliament.
If you have any significant
concerns with your dermatology care, such as being wrongfully denied
treatments, then you should consider writing to your MP so that they can help address
it and are kept aware of the patient perspective. A letter does not need to be
extensive or long and should simply succinctly outline your grievances and the
steps you would like the MP to take.
MPs can only correspond with
their own constituents, so if you are not sure who your local MP is, you can
find out here
by entering your postcode. There is also a suggested template which you can
edit and adapt to send to your MP available here.
Hopefully your letter will
lead to your MP taking up the cause on your behalf within Parliament. If enough
MPs are prepared to send questions to the Department of Health and Social Care,
then the APPGS will be able to encourage the MPs leading on this issue to go to
the Secretary of State for Health with our concerns and seek meaningful
Once you have written your letter, please don’t forget to
let us know and do keep us updated on any actions your MP is prepared to take
on your behalf.