Iron man Sir Hugo Swire raises awareness of anaemia.

PUBLISHED: 17:02 23 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:02 23 October 2017

East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire signed the Anaemia Manifesto

East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire signed the Anaemia Manifesto

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Sir Hugo Swire met with patients and clinicians to discuss how to improve the lives of people suffering from anaemia as part of a drive to highlight the ‘hidden plight’ of iron deficiency.

East Devon’s MP Hugo Swire is standing up for the 4,000 people in his constituency affected by the ‘hidden plight’ of iron deficiency.

The MP took a finger-prick test to be checked for anaemia, a leading cause of disability that costs the NHS an estimated £54million a year.

Sir Hugo also met with patients and clinicians to discuss how to improve the lives of people suffering from anaemia.

A recent study which found Devon has among the highest rates of anaemia in the country - above four times the national average.

Sir Hugo said he was ‘delighted’ to be supporting the project because iron deficiency affects thousands of people in East Devon.

He said: “Diagnosis for anaemia and iron deficiency remains disproportionately low, and I encourage any concerned constituents to consult their GP about the matter as soon as possible.

“I am delighted to be supporting this initiative, which I know affects over 4,000 people in my constituency.”

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