24 - 29 March 2018
These are links to news stories from the last week that may be of interest to people in the UK. The link beneath each item will take you to the original story.
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Scottish MPs told of neurology recruitment crisis
The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee heard from Prof Malcolm Macleod, head of neurology at NHS Forth Valley about difficulties in recruiting new neurologists. Tanith Muller, vice chair of Neurological Alliance Scotland commented on the problems caused by use of locum neurologists who are not familiar with local support services for conditions like MS, leaving people struggling following diagnosis.
MS Trust link: Health professionals involved in the management of MS
MS nurses criticise cumbersome disability benefits system
An MS Society survey of more than 100 MS nurses found that 90% said they provided patients with evidence for benefits applications, with many of them doing so outside working hours. MS nurses report they are under increasing pressure to help people with benefit applications, as well as helping them cope with anxiety and stress before their assessments.
MS Trust link: Benefits
Fears that funding for independent living may be under threat
Article covers concerns that severely disabled people being cared for at home may be forced into residential care due to funding cuts. Includes case study of Jean Almond who has MS and is cared for at home with her husband, now 70, filling in the gaps between carers. Both are concerned that as her needs increase and her husband’s ability to support her decreases, funding for care packages may be reduced and she may be forced to move to a care home.
MS Trust link: Social care