The Endometriosis APPG
Where it started.
The Endometriosis All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) was launched in support of Carla's campaign to raise awareness of Endometriosis amongst young people in education.
On Wednesday 14th March 2018, the late Sir David Amess - MP for Southend-West and Chair of The Endometriosis Foundation was joined by Carla Cressy, and fellow Parliamentarians including Nadine Dorries, Paula Sherriff and Gill Furniss in celebrating the launch of the newly formed Endometriosis APPG, and a little over a year later, Endometriosis was included in the school curriculum.
Chaired by the late Sir David Amess, the All-Party Parliamentary Group was set up to bring together Parliamentarians to raise awareness and discuss issues around the condition, investigating ways people with Endometriosis can feel supported throughout their journey.
Pictured: Jackie Doyle-Price, Carla Cressy, Gerry Gallott, Jill Furniss, Heidi Salter, Aamilah Begum, Paula Sheriff and the late Sir David Amess at The House of Commons - APPG meeting.
In February 2020, the Endometriosis APPG launched an enquiry collecting evidence from people across the UK highlighting their experiences with endometriosis. The key goal was to reduce the time it takes to be diagnosed which takes on average 8 years. This is unacceptable.
The report also found that prior to getting a diagnosis:
A shocking 58% visited their GP more than 10 times
43% visited doctors in hospital over 5 times
53% visited A&E
Once diagnosed, just 19% knew whether or not they were seen in an endometriosis specialist centre, and 90% would have liked access to psychological support.
Video: Sir David Amess discusses the February 2020 APPG report findings.