Hopkins backs campaign to transform Parkinson’s research

Keighley and Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins has pledged his support for Parkinson’s UK’s We Won’t Wait campaign which seeks urgent action to unlock research developments that could pave the way to better treatments for Parkinson’s.


Research released by the charity has revealed that despite being an incurable, degenerative condition which can affect anyone, 48 per cent of people in Yorkshire and Humber are unsure or wrongly believe that it is possible to prevent Parkinson’s.


86 per cent of those surveyed in the region are unsure or incorrectly think that there is no limit to the amount of time Parkinson’s medication works for.


And 63 per cent wrongly believe that Parkinson’s medication does more than mask or ease the symptoms of the condition.


Mr Hopkins commented:


“Parkinson’s UK wants to drive forward crucial developments in Parkinson’s research that could pioneer more effective treatments for the estimated 11,000 people in Yorkshire living with the condition. 


“Whilst a lot of medical progress has thankfully been made, those suffering from Parkinson’s need a new approach that can tackle it much more effectively than at present.


“We need to press on to deliver improved treatments and, ultimately, a cure for this deeply distressing illness.”


Steve Ford, chief executive of Parkinson’s UK said:


“We are delighted that Kris 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.”


To find out more about the We Won’t Wait campaign, visit parkinsons.org.uk