Consultation responses

Joint response to HM Government consultation ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’

The Government's prevention green paper ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’ focuses on action across the services and conditions in which people live, work and grow to improve healthy life expectancy and reduce the unfair differences in health that exist today.

They've asked for views on proposals to help us all have five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035 and to narrow the gap between the richest and poorest in our country.

We've contributed to this joint submission (PDF, 364KB) alongside other charities and health organisations to highlight the urgent need for increased, sustainable public health funding.

Our response to HM Government consultation ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’

The Government asked for views on proposals to help us all have five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035 and to narrow the gap between the richest and poorest in our country.

Arthritis and related conditions are currently the leading cause of years lived with disability so there's a long way to go. We urgently need a public health approach to support people look after their musculoskeletal health now and in the future.

Read our response to the HM Government consultation 'Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s' (PDF, 312 KB).

Our response to HM Government consultation ‘Health is everyone’s business'

The Government asked for views on new proposals to reduce ill health-related job loss.

We know that arthritis and other conditions can make working life hard, but that many people with arthritis want to work, and can thrive in work with the right support.

You can read our response to the HM Government consultation 'Health is everyone's business' (PDF, 319 KB), which includes the views we received from people with arthritis and related conditions.

Our response to the House of Lords economic affairs committee's inquiry into social care funding in England

Versus Arthritis welcomes the opportunity to provide input into the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee's inquiry into social care funding in England.

Social care services are severel underfunded and urgent short-term funding is needed, followed by long-term sustainable funding reform.

If you would like to read more about how Versus Arthritis provides input into social care, you can read the full report (PDF 180KB).

Our representation to the Budget 2018

Versus Arthritis welcomes the opportunity to provide input into the Budget 2018.

The report covers the health and care services, employment and financial support and cutting-edge research.

To learn more about how Versus Arthritis is contributing to the Budget 2018, read the full report (PDF 206KB).

Our response to 'Increasing the Employment of Disabled People in the Public Sector: a consultation'

Versus Arthritis welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government's consultation 'Increasing the Employment of Disabled People in the Public Secotr: a consulation'.

We also contributed at the face-to-face engagement event in Riverside Campus of Glasgow College on 14 June 2018.

The response includes:

  • Prevalence of MSK conditions and their impact in Scotland
  • How can the public sector support self-declaration of disability?
  • Public sector targets for disability employment rates
  • Other measures to employ and support more disabled people in the public sector
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Case studies

You can learn more about this response by reading the full report (PDF 530 KB)

Our response to the Department of Health and Social Care's Call for evidence - local authority puplic health prescribed activity

Versus Arthritis welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Department of Health and Social Care's for evidence - local authority public health prescribed activity.

It's estimated that 17.8 million people in the UK currently live with a MSK condition and this figure is likely to increase given rising levels of physical inactivity, obesity and an ageing population.

You can read more about how we're involved in the call for evidence in the full report (PDF 243 KB).

Our response to 'Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care

Versus Arthritis welcomes the opportunity to respond to NHS-England 'Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: A consultation on guidance for CCG's.

We also contributed at the face-to-face engagement event in London on Monday 5 March 2018.

The response includes

  • Prevalence of MSK conditions and their impact in primary care
  • Potential impact on health inequalities
  • Proposals for CCG commissioning guidance
  • Drugs with limited evidence of clinical effectiveness
  • Minor ailments suitable for self-care.

You can learn more on these points by reading the full report (PDF 454 KB)

Our response to the Scottish Government's 'A Healthier Future' strategy consulation

Versus Arthritis welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government's consultation on 'A Healthier Future - Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight'.

It's estimated that over one million in Scotland live with back pain, nearly 700,000 people with osteoarthritis and 44,000 people with rheumatoid arthritis.

You can learn more about our response by reading the full report (PDF 473 KB).

Archive 2017

You can read more about our consultation responses from 2017 in our archive section.