16th December 2011

New report highlights failure of services for people with neurological conditions

The National Audit Office (NAO) has today published their report Services for people with neurological conditions . This study focuses on the health and social care services for adults with neurological conditions resulting from disease rather than from, for example, sudden brain or spinal cord injury.

Neurological Alliance Chief Executive Arlene Wilkie commented:

“‘We welcome the publication of today’s National Audit Office report and the spotlight it shines on the continued inadequacy of care for people with neurological conditions.

“The lack of improvement in services, despite significant investment, means that care for people with neurological conditions often continues to be characterised by lengthy diagnosis, poor information, a lack of coordination and unnecessary hospital admissions. The impact of this on the lives of individuals and their carers is real and damaging.

“We support the National Audit Office’s recommendations but we are disappointed that the report doesn’t identify the need for a specific neurology outcomes strategy and the role of national leadership in driving this forward. Without this, there is a genuine risk that poor service provision will remain the norm.

“We will work with our members to take the report’s recommendations forward and to push for an outcomes strategy for neurology to ensure that people with neurological conditions get the high quality, integrated and equitable services to which they are entitled.”

The Neurological Alliance, with MS Society, Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association, Parkinson’s UK and Neurological Commissioning Support – are urging the Government to create a targeted and properly resourced national strategy for neurological conditions. The report recommends any strategy needs to deliver value for the public purse and improve outcomes for people with these conditions.

Read our press release.

For more information please contact Sally Percy, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, at sally.percy@neural.org.uk or call 020 7584 6457.

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