The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vascular and Venous Disease is a backbench cross-party group of MPs and Peers in the UK Parliament of Westminster.
The purpose of the Group is:
- to raise awareness of vascular and venous disease and to encourage actions to promote a greater priority their prevention and treatment;
- to encourage research into the causes of vascular and venous disease;
- to advance excellence and innovation in vascular and venous disease;
- and to inform parliamentarians of the work of medical professionals, and how they can be helped to provide better services to patients.
As well as providing a forum for MPs and Peers, the Group aims to bring clinicians, patients, industry stakeholders and NHS staff to Westminster to discuss vascular and venous disease and related issues.
Vascular Disease is as common as cancer and heart disease and accounts for 40% of deaths in the UK, many of which are preventable. Despite this, public awareness of many vascular diseases is worryingly low. This is just one of the issues the Group seeks to address.
Venous disease is a condition where the flow of blood through the veins is inadequate, causing blood to pool in the legs. It can be caused by several different vein disorders, but it's most often caused by either blood clots or varicose veins.
On this website, you can read reports published by the Group, see examples of where we have raised issues about vascular and venous disease in Parliament and find out how to stay in touch with our work. We hope that this website not only increases the information people can obtain about the Group, but also increases involvement from clinicians, patients and NHS staff.