Tracey was pleased to meet with representatives of the National Down Syndrome Policy Group last week and welcomed that Dr Liam Fox MP's Down Syndrome Bill passed second reading on Friday without a vote. The Bill has Government backing and is therefore likely to receive royal assent. This means the Down Syndrome Act 2022 (as it will become) will improve provision and outcomes for all those living with Down syndrome in England. This will encompass, amongst other areas, maternity care, education, health, social care and employment.
“I am delighted to be supporting the Down Syndrome Bill. For the first time people with Down syndrome are beginning to outlive their parents; therefore we must act now to support people with Down syndrome throughout their lives ensuring they can access quality Health, Education and Social Care services.”
Down Syndrome Bill sponsor, The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP said:
“I am thrilled to bring forward a Bill to deal with the issues faced by those with Down syndrome. My aim is to deal with three main areas. The first is to de-stigmatise Down syndrome. The second is to ensure that current provision of services is improved. The third is to look ahead and deal with future issues, such as long-term care, in an era where, for the first time, many of those with Down syndrome will outlive their parents.”