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28-6-2010 | Landmark report launched on the future of Neurological conditions in Ireland

28 June 2010
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Ireland is facing a crisis in neurological care, according to a landmark report being published today by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI), the national umbrella group of over 25 charities working in the neurological field, including Brainwave.

The report, entitled The Future For Neurological Conditions In Ireland: A Challenge For Healthcare; An Opportunity For Change, sees leading neurospecialists, academics and health organisations unite to provide an essential guide to neurological care in our health system. It highlights that immediate steps are needed now to address decades of underinvestment and the ongoing lack of strategic direction in this area.

Over 700,000 Irish people are living with neurological conditions including 37,000 people with epilepsy. They and their families continue to experience unacceptably long waiting lists for diagnosis and treatment as well as very limited access to specialist care and rehabilitation services.

The report is being launched in Dublin today (June 29th) by the Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD.

The launch marks the start of a nationwide campaign by neurological charities, calling for a joint National Programme for Neurological Care to be developed by the Department of Health and Children and the HSE.

To download a copy of the full report or to find out more about the campaign, visit the NAI website, www.nai.ie or phone 01 8724120.

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