Plymouth City Council has agreed to adopt the motor neurone disease (MND) Charter in support of local people living with this terminal disease and their carers.
The Charter has helped raise awareness of MND and so far, 33,630 individuals and organisations have signed up to the charter. Councillors unanimously backed a motion to adopt the Charter at Full Council on 17 September, and to ensure Council services are delivered in accordance with the Charter.
MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. It kills around a third of people within a year of diagnosis, and more than half within two years. There is no cure.
Unfortunately, MND is still little understood and this contributes to many people with the disease not receiving the care and support they need. The MND Charter was launched to change this.
Councillor Ian Tuffin, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “I am delighted our council has agreed to adopt the MND Charter. It is vital that more people are aware of the needs of people with MND so those living with this devastating disease can maximise their quality of life and die with dignity”.
Chris James, Director of External Affairs for the MND Association said “The importance of the MND Charter is undeniable. We want everyone to be clear that access to the right care, in the right place, at the right time, as set out in our Charter, can transform lives.”
For further information please visit www.mndassociation.org/mndcharter