Neurological care plan for Wales aims to improve care for thousands

A plan to help improve diagnosis, treatment and awareness of neurological conditions from epilepsy to Parkinson’s disease is going out to consultation.

More than 500,000 people in Wales are affected, with 10,000 living with long-term conditions.

The Welsh government has set out its expectations of care across the NHS in Wales and support services provided through councils and charities.

The health minister said services and support should be available everywhere.

The neurological condition delivery plan has six key aims:

  • Raising awareness
  • Timely diagnosis
  • Fast and effective care
  • Helping living with the condition
  • Improving information
  • Targeting research

People who have neurological conditions, which include migraine, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, often report that the main issue is improving the quality of their lives.

The Welsh government said the plan was designed to put services in place to promote self-care and allow people to live as independently as possible.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: “We want to ensure that those affected by any kind of neurological condition have timely access to high quality services and support to live with their condition.

“This should be irrespective of where they reside and whether these services are delivered through hospitals or in the community.”

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