I’ve always admired Mahatma Ghandi and I often think about one of his most famous quotes: ‘a nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members’. I also think to myself ‘what if this were one of my 5 children? What would I want for them?’

Supporting the health and wellbeing of disabled children has to be a priority of the health service and local authorities.

From a humanitarian point of view we cannot allow children to use equipment which is not suitable and causes them secondary complications.

From a financial point of view, it is not cost effective to allow children to undergo these secondary complications when the figures demonstrate that we could prevent these complications and negate the costs of intervening with them.

BHTA and its children’s section member companies have produced the paper to highlight the effects of not taking action (link below). I recommend that my fellow AMs read it and that my local constituents contact me with their experiences, stories and ideas so that I can champion change here in Wales.

http://www.bhta.net/sites/default/files/BHTA%20Equipment%20Provision%20Paper%20-%202016%20Update.pdf