Shortage of specialist epilepsy nurses in Scotland

Scotland does not have enough specialist nurses to meet the needs of people suffering from epilepsy, a charity has warned.

There are 40,000 people in Scotland with epilepsy and only 24 specialist nurses across the whole country, Epilepsy Scotland said.

The Joint Epilepsy Council for the UK and Ireland recommends one nurse per 100,000 of the population, which means Scotland should have at least 61 specialist nurses in post.

Epilepsy Soctland chief executive Susan Douglas-Scott called on the Scottish Government and all 14 health boards to ensure they were meeting their recommended targets for specialist nurses.

During a parliamentary debate on the issue, Scottish Executive Public Health Minister Shona Robinson, agreed more epilepsy nurses were needed and added that services needed to be integrated across primary and hospital care.

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