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It's Time to Take Arthritis Seriously

For too long, arthritis has been dismissed and ignored. Together, we can change that. 

Versus Arthritis is the UK’s largest arthritis charity. We are campaigners, carers, researchers, healthcare professionals, friends, parents, fundraisers and volunteers, all united in our ambition to ensure that one day, no one will have to live with the pain, fatigue and isolation caused by arthritis. 

Arthritis is a set of serious conditions that impact the lives of over 10 million people in the UK. It can impact a person’s ability to work, look after family or live well.

Arthritis must not be dismissed by people in positions of power. 

We work with experts, policy makers, and people with arthritis, and understand what needs to change and how, so that everyone living with arthritis has access to the care and support they need to live the lives they choose. 

It is a time to come together and demand that the Government makes arthritis a priority. 

Arthritis must be made a priority

"For too long, arthritis has not been taken seriously. This can’t go on. People with arthritis cannot continue to live without the right support and care they need to live healthy and happy lives."

 - Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive of Versus Arthritis

Our 5 Priorities

5 Priorities


We want to tell politicians that people with arthritis must not be forgotten. We need the UK Government to commit appropriate levels of funding to tackle NHS backlogs. We need innovation in health services that transforms treatment and care, with dedicated clinical leadership to deliver it. We need additional investment in life-changing research to find the treatments of tomorrow, and we need the right support for those in education or at work to ensure they can thrive today.    

Our Open Letter to the Prime Minister

We want to see people with arthritis finally recognised. A new UK Government could be a turning point for people with arthritis - for those of us already living with the condition and the millions more who will be diagnosed in the years ahead.

Will you join our call for action and sign our open letter to the Prime Minister?


Sign the Open Letter to the Prime Minster


Our manifesto for General Election 2024 candidates

10 Million Reasons To Take Arthritis Seriously

Our 5 Priorities formed the basis for our 2024 General Election campaign manifesto. We asked our amazing supporters to share the manifesto with their local candidates, to help us ensure that arthritis is taken seriously by the Government.

You can download the Versus Arthritis manifesto here:  

 - Download Manifesto as PDF 6.4mb

 - Download Manifesto as accessible Word version 17.7kb

 - Download Manifesto as PDF in Welsh 1229kb

Meet some of our Versus Arthritis supporters

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We would like to introduce you to our Versus Arthritis manifesto heroes. In the stories below you can find out more about how arthritis has affected their lives, what has helped them to manage their condition and wellbeing, and how their continued support help us to influence change.

Help us campaign

We need the UK Government to take arthritis seriously. But we can’t do this alone. Join the thousands of others in our community campaigning to create change by calling on the UK Government to make arthritis a priority.


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