Services for People with Neurological Conditions
HC 1759, Seventy-second Report of Session 2010-12 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Committee of Public Accounts
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
Approximately two million people in the United Kingdom have a neurological condition, including Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis. 'Services for People with Neurological Conditions (HC 1759)' identifies that the quality of individual care received is often poorly coordinated and dependent upon where you live. Some areas simply don't have enough expertise, either in hospitals or within the community.
In 2005, the Department for Health launched a new Framework to provide services for people with a neurological condition. There have been some improvements such as a reduction in waiting times, but unlike the strategies for Cancer and Stroke, the model used to implement the Framework hasn't worked.
The Department left the implementation to local health commissioners but gave them no leadership and set no clear targets. It set no baselines and failed to monitor progress and so could not hold them to account where things went wrong. The present Government needs to understand what went wrong here for the future.
The Department is moving towards a decentralised health and social care landscape; in doing so it must set clear objectives for joint health and social care outcomes, and services for people with neurological conditions.
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