Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

open-consultationLast month the Government announced a major consultation on helping disabled people and people with health conditions into work: Improving lives: the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper.

The Green Paper, published on 31 October by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health, looks at new ways to support people with health conditions and disabled people into work as well as supporting and caring for those who cannot work.

The scope of the Green Paper is very broad, covering health and employment as well as benefits and support. Musculoskeletal conditions and key messages from the sector are widely referenced. There is a section on musculoskeletal services in Section 5 and specific questions relating to musculoskeletal health.

Formal responses to the consultation are invited by 17 February 2017 to inform a forward programme of work over the next 10 years.

ARMA will be responding to the consultation and will be using a closed Yammer forum (or similar) to draw together top-line comments from policy leads in the membership to help configure its response.

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