Neurological patient care ‘lacking’

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Health services for people with neurological conditions in England are not good enough, says a report from a committee of MPs.

It criticises poorly co-ordinated local services, patchy hospital care and long delays in diagnosing conditions like Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

More than four million people have a neurological condition but few have a care plan, the report says.

The Department of Health said it would consider the recommendations.

The MPs say their report should be taken as a wake-up call, to improve services for what can be devastating or even fatal conditions.

They describe the impact of disparities, for example, in epilepsy care: in south-west Lincolnshire nearly nine out of 10 patients were seizure-free for 12 months, while in Hull and north Manchester it was fewer than five out of 10.

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