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06-01-2016 | 800,000 Minds Matter: Neurological Alliance of Ireland Election Campaign 2016

06 January 2016
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Neurology charities are calling for investment in neurology services ahead of this year's General Election.

Over 800,000 Irish people are living with neurological conditions like stroke, acquired brain injury, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, migraine and dementia as well as a multitude of rare and genetic conditions.

Ireland's neurological care services remain critically underdeveloped which means that thousands of people nationwide face a constant struggle to get the level and type of care they need.

To resolve the long-standing crisis in the sector, the Neurological Alliance of Ireland is calling on political parties to commit to addressing the needs of people living with neurological conditions through:

  • Investment in neurology services to tackle serious deficits in staffing and access to multidisciplinary care nationwide. These are clearly highlighted in the findings from the NAI national survey of neurology services which will launch in January 2016.
  • Development of neurorehabilitation services essential to prevent disability and support recovery for people living with neurological conditions.
  • Action to protect vital services provided by neurological charities which are under serious threat of cuts and closures after June 2016.

Support the Campaign

  • Download the NAI postcard which you can give to canvassers who call to your home or bring it to their constituency office. The postcard asks your local candidates to pledge their support for 800,000 Irish people with neurological conditions and their families.
  • Support the election campaign on Twitter using #800,000minds to get as many election candidates as possible to pledge their support.

See http://www.nai.ie/go/campaign_centre/nai_campaigns for more information on the campaign.

Click here for the full NAI manifesto

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