Local MP Hugo Swire, Dr Chris Steele & Phil Vickery support better diagnosis of coeliac disease
PUBLISHED: 10:46 07 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:25 20 February 2013
Hugo Swire MP joined celebrity TV GP, Dr Chris Steele MBE, the resident doctor on ITV's This Morning, and chef, Phil Vickery at a reception in Parliament to support Coeliac UK's campaign to improve the diagnosis and awareness of coeliac disease.
Hugo Swire MP for East Devon joined celebrity TV GP, Dr Chris Steele MBE, the resident doctor on ITVs This Morning, and chef, Phil Vickery at a reception in Parliament last week to support Coeliac UKs campaign to improve the diagnosis and awareness of coeliac disease.
Coeliac disease affects 1 in 100 people in the UK; however, research suggests that only 1 in 8 of those affected have been diagnosed leaving over 500,000 people in the UK currently undiagnosed and at risk.
Dr Chris Steele MBE, who has recently been diagnosed with coeliac disease himself, is the Health Ambassador for Coeliac UK and Phil Vickery the charitys Food Ambassador and author of gluten-free cookbooks. They joined MPs, Lords and supporters at the reception at the House of Lords on 24th June and spoke about the importance of early diagnosis and increased provision of gluten-free food.
Hugo Swire MP said: I am supporting Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease and their campaign to improve the diagnosis of the condition. By testing patients for coeliac disease who present with the common symptoms of the condition, GPs could not only alleviate the suffering that individuals currently experience and reduce repeat visits from patients with unresolved symptoms, but also save the NHS money in the long run.