Preet Kaur Gill MP has backed Free Radio's call for Lipoedema, a chronic condition which affects millions of women across the world, to be treated through the NHS.
Currently, treatment of the painful condition isn't funded on the NHS because it is considered cosmetic. Often menaing that sufferers will have to pay thousands of pounds to access treatment.
In an interview with Free Radio, Preet said:
"I was quite interested to hear the number of women that have come forward but also the diverse range of symptoms women are facing.
My mother also has it, she's always said the doctors have said "it's just fatty deposits and nothing to worry about". I've had a conversation with my sister, who also has it, she was told by her GP that this is something she'd have to go get cosmetic surgery for.
I knew very little about the condition, we still don't know why people get it.
My mum gets a lot of swelling in her legs, she regularly talks about pain in her knees, pain in her legs. Sometimes restricted mobility. My sister's talked about how she can't bend down to the floor, it's quite painful for her.
I think there needs to be a lot more research taken in this area. There is a lack of understanding out there in the community.
The fact that so many women have come forward to talk about this issue, just tells you how much there is left to do. Sometimes these things don't get the recognition they deserve because people think 'well the NHS is under a lot of pressure' "