Scotland and Wales elections: keeping up the pressure

11 May 2021
A photo of the Welsh and Scottish parliament buildings.

The results are in for the elections in Scotland and Wales and new governments are being formed. Over the next few weeks, the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments will begin work to deliver on the priorities raised during the election campaign.

Thank you to our campaigners

Volunteers and supporters in both nations undertook a huge amount of work to raise awareness among candidates of the impact of arthritis.

Our campaigning helped make the impact of the pandemic on elective surgery waiting times a high-profile issue in both elections with all main parties focussing on the importance of recovery planning for health care services.

Our campaigners sent an incredible 7,393 emails to candidates in Wales and Scotland. Over a hundred candidates across the political spectrum went on to sign our pledge and engage with our manifestos to support people with arthritis over the next Scottish and Welsh Parliaments.

Our commitment to do more for people with arthritis 

We have produced a Cymru Versus manifesto (PDF, 679 KB) which presents key policy messages, including:

  • A new National Orthopaedic Recovery and Transformation Plan to rebuild and reduce the backlog and waiting times and create a high-quality service fit for the future.
  • Safeguarding good musculoskeletal health as more people work from home and promoting schemes that can support people with arthritis.
  • Senedd candidates to understand the impact of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, recognise these conditions as a healthcare priority in Wales and be champions for people living with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions in their constituencies and regions.

Follow the Cymru Versus Arthritis Facebook and Twitter feeds for our latest campaign activities.

We have also produced a Scottish manifesto (PDF, 868 KB) that that calls for the Scottish Government to:

  • Prioritise supporting people with arthritis pain.
  • Safe access to joint-replacement surgery for people who need it, so they can live free from pain.
  • Increased investment in support for self-management so that people with arthritis and related conditions can manage their pain.
  • Action to address the impact that arthritis pain has on people’s ability to work.

Follow the Scotland Versus Arthritis Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with our campaign activities across Scotland.

Get involved 

We will build on this activity to ensure that over the next five years, our priorities are acted on in Holyrood and the Senedd.

Find out how you can get involved and keep in touch with our campaigns.

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