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Sleep Apnoea a hidden condition

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

On a recent Ministerial visit to Australia, Foreign Office Minister and Heeley MP Meg Munn met with Professor Roy Grunstien, Head of the Sleep Investigation Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. She met the Professor to discuss a condition known as ‘Sleep Apnoea’, drivers who not knowingly fall sleep whilst driving. It is estimated to affect 1 in 6 professional drivers. 


What this can mean was brought to Meg’s attention by a constituent, Seb Schmoller, whose nephew was killed in an accident in August 2006 by a driver of a Large Goods Vehicle who suffered from the condition. Meg is supporting her constituent’s campaign for better regulations for the diagnosis, and treatment of the condition for professional drivers. This campaign also calls for increased penalties for drivers with the condition who are involved in fatal crashes, to ensure it is taken seriously.


Meg said:


“I wanted to meet Professor Grunstien, a leading figure in researching ‘Sleep Apnoea’. His research findings will be useful in understanding this condition, a condition that is hidden from sight but whose effects can have dire consequences.


I’m supporting my constituent’s campaign to have the driving regulations tightened to make sure drivers are checked for this condition before they are able to go behind the wheel of a car or lorry.”

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