The Huntington’s Disease Association responds to the Labour Party winning a majority in the general election.

The Labour Party has won a huge majority, following today's general election result.

Responding to the result, Cath Stanley, Chief Executive of the Huntington’s Disease Association, said:

"We welcome the new UK government’s commitment to building an NHS which is fit for the future. This can only be achieved by improving care and support for people with rare diseases. Too often, people with Huntington’s disease are treated by health professionals who do not understand their condition and as a result of this are denied access to mental health services. Many people tell us about the stress caused by the benefits system and the difficulty in having a fair and accurate assessment. 

We urge the UK government to work alongside us to address these issues and to ensure that everyone with Huntington’s disease has a named NHS team or care coordinator, who can provide expert local care, along with practical and emotional support. 

Commitments to give more people a chance to participate in clinical trials through the NHS app are welcome, as is the plan to increase NHS innovation and faster regulatory approval of treatments. It’s vital that research into Huntington’s disease continues and that people with the condition can access any promising new treatments."