Parkinson's lobby group launches health access inquiry

A parliamentary lobby group launched an inquiry into access to health and social services today, after a report found that a quarter of patients with Parkinson's disease had never spoken to a specialist nurse.

Recent research by the Parkinson’s Disease Society found that a third of people recently diagnosed with the condition were not given clear information. A quarter had not spoken to a specialist nurse and the majority had not been assessed for key therapies that could alleviate their symptoms.

Baroness Gale, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Parkinson’s disease said: ‘It’s been four years since standards were set by the DoH in the National Service Framework and two years since NICE produced the clinical guideline. These documents make it very clear which health and social care services people affected by Parkinson’s should receive. In spite of this, people with Parkinson’s are still in the unenviable position of ‘hit and miss’, when trying to access high-quality services.’

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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