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Sleep apnoea and occupational safety

Friday, April 4, 2014

Meg Munn MP was invited to join a panel to discuss the impact Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) has on drivers working in the freight transport sector. The event was organised by the Freight Transport All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).

The event was chaired by Rob Flello MP, and as well as Meg the panel included Judy Harris, British Lung Foundation, Dr Martin Allen, a Obstructive Sleep Apnoea expert, and Professor Leeds, an expert on obesity.

Dr Martin Allen explained what OSA is, and highlighted that it is more common than severe asthma. Judy Harris pointed out the difficulties in sufferers accessing treatment, and explained that there is a huge regional variation in the treatments available. Given the close links between obesity and OSA, Professor Leeds argued for investment in more effective weight loss measures.

Meg’s contribution focused on how government can tackle the issue. She called for the Health and Safety Executive to begin investigating work-related deaths on our roads. She also argued that all haulage companies should be screening their drivers for OSA.

She will follow the meeting with a submission to the Transport Safety Commission about investigations into road deaths by the Health and Safety Executive. The Freight Transport APPG will contact the relevant government minister to encourage them to take this issue seriously.

Meg said:

“I was pleased to be invited to contribute on this panel about an issue I have been campaigning on for a number of years. 4% of men and 2% of women in the UK are likely to have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, but it is not a problem without a solution. It is time government takes this seriously and closed the gaps which currently exist in the work of the Health and Safety Executive.”

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Meg with Rob Flello MP, Professor Leeds, Judy Harris and Dr Martin Allen

Meg with Rob Flello MP, Professor Leeds, Judy Harris and Dr Martin Allen

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