British Society for Rheumatology Parliamentary Drop-In: New research shows cost savings from growing rheumatology workforce


Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Date: Tuesday 13 June 2023
Location: Room T, Portcullis House

We would be delighted if you were able to join us at our parliamentary drop-in to launch our new research on the cost effectiveness of growing the rheumatology workforce.

Our new research shows growing the rheumatology workforce, in line with our People We Need recommendations, would make meaningful differences in the lives of newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis patients.

  • The overall societal and health costs of RA would be reduced by an estimated £50 million over 5 years.
  • Critical diagnostic and treatment delays would be reduced by enabling patients to access needed timely specialist when it matters the most.
  • Patient health outcomes would be improved at a minimal cost of £152 per incident RA patient over 5 years. In the first year, the NHS would realise a cost-savings of 3.4 million due to reduced need for additional treatment and complications including surgery.

You will have the opportunity, over coffee and tea, to chat with clinicians and people living with rheumatic conditions about the findings and their experiences of rheumatology care.

If you are unable to attend but would like to know more about the rheumatology workforce pledge and access resources to raise these issues in parliament (including parliamentary questions), please contact me or visit our campaign page here.