Councillors adopt Motor Neurone Disease Charter
Richmondshire District Councillors have signed up to a charter to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
They have agreed to adopt the MND Charter and promote its aims to staff, councillors, partner organisations and health and social care professionals.
The charter aims to ensure the quality of life for sufferers of MND and their carers. Through five actions it sets out how they should get the care and support they deserve:
- The right to early diagnosis and information
- The right to access quality care and treatment
- The right to be treated as an individual with dignity and respect
- The right to maximise their quality of life
- Carers have the right to be valued, respected, listened to and well supported.
The motion to adopt the charter was unanimously approved by councillors this week (Tuesday 22 February) after hearing from local sufferer, Christopher Lamb. The motion was proposed by Councillor Stuart Parsons.
“MND is an awful disease which progresses very rapidly and there is no cure,” he said. “By adopting the charter we acknowledge the particularity of MND and can now progress helping sufferers and their families in a quick and timely manner. This also means that those with MND will have much better access to support.”