On World Polio Day 2023, North Wales MS Mark Isherwood, who is a Patron of the British Polio Fellowship, has called for a Statement from the Health Minister on the Optimal Clinical Pathway for people affected by Polio in Wales.
Speaking in this afternoon’s meeting of the Welsh Parliament during the Business Statement, he said:
“Today is World Polio Day 2023, with supporters campaigning to tell global partners, donors and Polio-affected Country Governments that eradication is possible and urgently needed.
“As a Patron of the British Polio Fellowship, I sponsored and spoke at June's launch event in the Senedd of their Optimal Clinical Pathway for people affected by Polio, which sets out what good treatment, care and support looks like for Polio survivors across the UK. I subsequently called here for a Statement by the Health Minister, detailing how she will engage with the British Polio Fellowship regarding implementation of the Pathway in Wales and the need to reduce variation in care for Polio survivors living in Wales, and I repeat that call for a Statement today on World Polio Day 2023.”
Responding, the Trefnydd said:
“In relation to Polio, I wasn't aware of it being an awareness day today. I think it is really important, because although we don't hear about it very often, I think there are many people who are still living with the aftermath of Polio. So, if the Health Minister believes that any guidance needs updating, I will ask her to do so.“