Angus MacDonald MSP asks NHS Forth Valley where it is headed with neurological care
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 22:17
Above: Angus meets with the Neurological Alliance at the Scottish Parliament
Angus MacDonald MSP has called for NHS Forth Valley to outline its plans to remove the postcode lottery of care for thousands of people living with a neurological condition in Falkirk East. Despite some improvements over the last two years, as the NHS has tried to meet national Clinical Standards for services, there remain huge variations in care by area and condition. Many people living with conditions that affect their brain, spine and nervous system are still unable to access the support they need.
One million people in Scotland have a neurological condition that affects their lives. Such conditions account for one in every eight emergency admissions to hospital.
Angus MacDonald MSP said: “I have written today to the new Chairman of Forth Valley Health Board, Alex Linkston, to ask where NHS Forth Valley is headed with services for people with neurological conditions in Falkirk district. I recently met representatives of charities working with people affected, who told me that many people are not getting the care and support they need. I am very concerned that there are still big variations in care by postcode and condition. Poor care is a false economy because it means that people are more likely to need to use expensive hospital services.
Although there has been progress over the last two years, there is still much more to be done. Given the scale of the challenge, we need more than two years to ensure that everyone has equal access to good care and support across Scotland. I have written to NHS Forth Valley to ask what plans it has to continue to support services for people living with neurological conditions, and I will continue to press for improvements”.