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Getting Sleep Apnoea deaths off our roads

Friday, July 30, 2010

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn is continuing to urge policymakers and practitioners to ensure that Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is effectively diagnosed and treated to prevent sufferers of the disorder adding to the terrible toll of death and injury on the roads.


Meg has been campaigning for many years to highlight the dangers of undiagnosed Sleep Apnoea following the death of a constituent’s nephew; Toby Tweddell aged 25, who was killed three years ago on his way to work. 


At an event organized by BRAKE, the road safety charity, Meg spoke about the extensive work she has done to help combat undiagnosed Sleep Apnoea. Earlier on this year she was awarded ‘Parliamentarian of the Year’ by BRAKE for her determination to eradicate undiagnosed OSA from commercial drivers, a major cause of road crashes.


One in six lorry drivers may suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, a disorder that makes falling asleep at the wheel much more likely. Left undiagnosed and untreated, any sufferer poses a direct threat to themselves and others on the road when driving.


Meg said:


“I am deeply concerned that so many drivers could be suffering from a sleep disorder that can lead to acute tiredness, which can be deadly behind the wheel.


A simple test to diagnose the disorder could prevent needless deaths on our roads. Treatments are available which do not cost a lot of money and will help sufferers to lead a fulfilling and productive life.”


Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake said,


“It is horrifying that so many drivers may be suffering from sleep apnoea, yet be completely unaware of the condition. Sufferers of sleep apnoea experience repeated disruptions to their sleep - and driving without adequate sleep all too often causes devastation on our roads. We are calling on Government to take action to ensure drivers are tested for sleep apnoea, to help put a stop to the needless tragedies caused by tired drivers.”


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