Nicola was pleased to mark Rare Diseases Day at a Parliamentary reception hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions. Nicola has first-hand experience as she has a rare condition herself, and as Public Health Minister she knows the importance of early diagnosis for rare conditions.
The event was attended by Parliamentarians, clinicians, patient groups, those living with rare conditions and their families. Nicola spoke of her commitment to working closely with patient groups and clinicians and to push through UK Strategy for Rare Diseases.
Nicola says: While progress has been made in medical research for rare diseases over recent years there is more work to be done and I am determined to continue work with the medical research community to champion innovative treatments for rare diseases and early diagnosis. Our Rare Diseases Strategy includes specific recommendations related to raising awareness of rare diseases and genomics across the healthcare professions.