WORLD Kidney Day was marked by a House of Commons reception supported by Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.
The event was hosted by the Kidney Alliance and one of the guest speakers was Simon Burns MP, Minister for Health.
Two of the delegates, Dave Ambler and Kevin O’Hara, were from the Lancashire and South Cumbria Kidney Patient Association, which covers the Ribble Valley. Consultant nephrologist Dr Lauri Solomon was also present.
The theme of the Reception was “Protect Your Kidney, Save Your Heart”, and Dave and Kevin were interested in lobbying as many MPs as possible to ensure that any cuts in NHS Services would not affect local kidney patients.
They also wanted to highlight the problems that may arise at the new dialysis unit to be opened in Blackburn, which could affect some Clitheroe patients. The proposal is that the new unit will be “off-site” – in other words, not in the hospital grounds. This is against the wishes of both patient groups and clinicians.
Speaking after the event Mr Evans said: “More than three million people face chronic kidney disease in the UK today and this number is expected to rise over the next 10 years.
“An estimated 13,000 people are killed by the disease annually in this country.
“Having healthy kidneys is key to our wellbeing and I am more than happy to support such an event that seeks to raise awareness and to ensure healthier lives for everyone.”