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January 2013: Debate on government support for people with epilepsy in the UK’s House of Commons.

Last night (29 January 2013) a debate took place in the House of Commons on the issue of government support for people with epilepsy.

The debate was led by Kate Hoey, MP for Vauxhall. She met with Epilepsy Action campaigners last week at the parliamentary launch of A Critical Time for epilepsy in England.

Kate Hoey MP opened the debate which focused on a wide range of issues affecting people with epilepsy. She highlighted the findings of Epilepsy Action’s new report, A Critical Time, which shows wide variations in the availability of healthcare services.

Other MPs joined the debate including Laura Sandys, Valerie Vaz, Bob Stewart and Jim Shannon. Along with Kate Hoey they highlighted issues such as benefits entitlement, epilepsy related death and education.

Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State at the Department of Health, responded to the points raised during the debate on behalf of the Department of Health.

Watch the video of the debate or read the transcript.

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