MS Society launches urgent call for #NeurologyNowNews
MS Society has launched an urgent campaign after a report of the same name analysed three years of data from people with MS, and found that there is 'a historic under-prioritisation of neurology services'.
#NeurologyNow is calling for immediate governmental action. Development of a clear national plan which creates a sustainable neurology workforce and invests in training is essential and MS Society wants to see this reflected in the upcoming spending review.
Whilst 1 in 6 people in the UK live with a neurological condition, neurology services have been consistently underfunded and stretched, the report notes - a situation which the pandemic has compounded. This is not the first report to highlight such a problem, with the Neurological Alliance and Neurology Academy sharing similar evidenced concerns in their recent reports (Restarting services, 2020; Reset and Reform 2021).
'Neurology Now' reports that 63% of MS professionals find it very challenging to provide a good service to everyone whilst almost half (45%) of neurology professionals said they have had to compromise the quality of care they would usually deliver, since the pandemic.
Neurology services were neglected long before the pandemic and many people with MS weren’t getting the vital support they needed – now the situation is critical.— MS Society UK (@mssocietyuk) October 8, 2021
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Meanwhile, nearly a third (29%) of people living with MS had appointments cancelled or delayed during the pandemic, with a quarter of people with MS reporting needing to see an MS nurse or neurologist in the last 12 months but being unable to do so. Finally, over half (53%) of people who reported a worsening of their MS symptoms during the pandemic attributed this to not getting the specialist support they need.
To join #NeurologyNow and ensure the government spending review's plans for 'strong innovative public services' include the NHS's neurology workforce, send your pre-drafted letter to the Secretary of State for health here.
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