1st May 2012

Government responds to report on neurological services

The Government has formally responded to the Public Account’s Committee’s (PAC) report on services for people with neurological conditions. In its report, the PAC concluded that neurology services are poorly coordinated, have lacked national leadership and represent poor value for money.

In its response to the PAC, however, the Government agrees to implement only a handful of these recommendations.

Arlene Wilkie, Chief Executive of the Neurological Alliance, said:

“We are tremendously disappointed by the Government’s response to the PAC’s report. Had the PAC’s recommendations been fully implemented, they would have achieved real and positive change for the 8 million people in England living with a neurological condition.

“Whilst we welcome the Government’s commitment to collecting more data on neurological conditions and ensuring that all people with neurological conditions have a personal care plan, we do not believe that these measures alone will be sufficient to avert this crisis of care and drive the neurology service improvements so urgently needed. As such, neurological care will continue to lag behind and fail patients.

“This a real missed opportunity and service users and taxpayers will pay the heavy price for the Government’s in action.”

The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee said:

“Services for people with neurological conditions are simply not up to scratch, and the implementation of the Framework for improving neurology services has not worked.

“We identified an absence of leadership at both national and local level and poor integration of services as key weaknesses that must be addressed. It is therefore extremely disappointing that the Department has rejected our recommendations in relation to these issues.

“The Department has got to do better and we will be taking this up with them in due course.”

We are planning our next steps, details of which will be available shortly. Find out more about the Government response.

Read our press release.

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