Wednesday, 5 December 2007

The BHF gets political

Ruairi O'Connor, our Public Affairs Manager, reports from today's Cardiac Rehab Rally - our first ever political protest...
"What do you think is the NHS’ best kept secret? We think its cardiac rehabilitation, which can make a massive difference in helping heart patients recover and can save the NHS money, as patients who receive it are less likely to go back to hospital.

But many heart patients aren’t getting it…and many are getting angry.

Over 60 heart patients and health professionals (pictured) descended on Westminster to ask their local MPs to put more money into cardiac rehab. One patient showed his commitment by travelling down all the way from Berwick-on-Tweed – a 600 mile round trip!

Most campaigners managed to bend the ears of their MPs and we expect to see real progress in Westminster (and in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as campaign work is rolled out there).

I was asked in a radio interview yesterday to name a song title that sums up the issue. How about “What becomes of the broken hearted”? Any other ideas?"

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