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MP throws his weight behind ‘Painful Journeys’ campaign

December 15, 2017 2:15 PM

South Lakes MP Tim Farron is tabling a motion in Parliament to show support for a national campaign which highlights the struggles of older people travelling to hospital appointments.

Age UK's 'Painful Journeys' campaign calls for the Government to urgently review the way older people travel to and from hospital, saying that the current system isn't good enough.

Currently many older people are experiencing anxiety and distress getting to their hospital appointments.

Tim said: "In the South Lakes where the number of people over the age of 60 is 10% higher than the national average, we know all too well the struggle that older people face when it comes to travelling to hospital.

"The current system for transporting people to hospitals, which is pretty much a postcode lottery at the severe detriment of the elderly in our area, is simply not fit for purpose.

"This is a really important campaign for our community and I would urge my fellow MPs to show their support by signing this motion."