Dear Health Ministers,
1 in 6 people in the UK live with a neurological condition, but there simply isn't the workforce or services in place to provide the support they need.
Through a survey conducted by the Neurological Alliance, 8,500 people living with a neurological condition reported:
• Delays to treatment and care can change your life.
55% of adults and 60% of children and young people living with a neurological condition experienced delays to routine appointments with specialists in the last year.
• Most people with a neurological condition are unable to access the mental wellbeing support they need.
40% reported their mental wellbeing needs are not being met at all.
• Finding out you have a neurological condition is scary and confusing.
Receiving the right information and support can make a real difference. 2 in 10 were not given an explanation of their diagnosis. Almost 4 in 10 adults reported not being given any information at all.
We need you to show that you’re listening and you want services to improve. A Neuro Taskforce, backed by all four national Governments, will help turn things around. The Taskforce would help you to address common problems including health and care workforce shortages, growing waiting lists and barriers to accessing mental wellbeing support.
Back the 1 in 6 living with a neurological condition across the UK, and work together to create a Neuro Taskforce without delay.