World Kidney Day 2013 Parliamentary Briefing

The Kidney Alliance held a special Parliamentary Briefing for World Kidney Day 2013 on Wednesday 13th March, which focused on Acute Kidney Injury as a predictable, avoidable and life-threatening emergency. It was held in the Terrace Marquee at the House of Commons. The meeting was sponsored and hosted by Mr. Glyn Davies MP and Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Kidney Group and Mrs Fiona Loud, Transplant patient and Director of the Kidney Alliance who also chaired the meeting.

Ms. Anna Soubry MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Public Health), Dr Donal O’Donoghue, National Clinical Director for Kidney Care and Dr Richard Fluck, President of the British Renal Society and Chair of the Kidney Alliance, gave short talks. Mr George Marshall spoke about his experience as a patient having suffered with AKI.

The briefing was a call to action from Parliament and policymakers, alongside clinical, research and patient expert groups, to convince the government that urgent action needs to be taken to reduce the incidence of AKI. Suggested actions include a campaign to increase AKI awareness amongst hospital staff and to improve knowledge of its causes and risk factors, increased research into AKI and improved patient information on kidney disease risk factors.