Jenny Chapman calls for better support for those affected by brain injury – The Northern Echo

AN MP has spoken out in parliament calling for better services for those affected by brain injuries.

Darlington MP Jenny Chapman read a speech in Parliament on Tuesday, July 2.

In her speech, she told the story of Nicola Hughes, chair of brain injury trust Headway Darlington, and her work to support those affected by the condition.

Ms Chapman said: “I knew nothing at all about acquired brain injury until I met someone in my constituency called Nicola Hughes, who told me that she also had known nothing about acquired brain injury until her husband acquired his.

“I do not know the circumstances; I have never asked her, and she has never talked to me about exactly how it happened. What she has made very clear to me is the impact it has had on her, their daughter and their family, and how inadequate she believes the support is for families of people with an acquired brain injury.

“Nicola says that the hardest part of the whole journey for her and her family was when her husband came home. Their isolation, and the lack of support that was there for her, for him and for their daughter is something that we cannot allow to continue; it must be addressed urgently.

“Initially she was expecting him to get better and was waiting for recovery. I know that happens for some people, and it is a wonderful thing and should be happening more, but for some people, that is not the likely outcome.

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