Alex Cunningham MP has given his support to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist’s ‘Giving Voice’ campaign after a visit to the local Speech and Language Department at North Tees Hospital.
Last Friday Alex met with staff and patients at North Tees Hospital to learn a little about how speech and language therapy can transform lives. After the visit, he said:
“The staff I met provide a fantastic service and deliver a real difference to people who have difficulties with their speech, including sufferers of stroke and dementia.
“Disappointingly, access to the right specialist support is not always available and budgetary pressures are putting existing services at risk.
“We need to get the message through to Government that spending on Speech and Language services saves money in the long-run. Intervening early before the problems become entrenched is vitally important.”