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Cases of Parkinson's and motor neurone disease to increase

17th January 2012

Data released by Parkinson's UK has revealed there will be a 28% increase in the number of people with Parkinson's disease by 2020.

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The information, which was a projection based on information in the General Practice Research Database, showed that the number of people with Parkinson's is expected to rise from 127,000 to 162,000 in eight years.

The amount of people suffering from motor neurone disease is expected to increase by 27% by 2020 and the charity is concerned the NHS is facing a "neurological time bomb". 

The chief executive of the charity Steve Ford said the government had "its head in the sand" and called for the appointment of a neurology tsar to address the problem and "champion improvements".

Mr Ford added: "When diabetes, cancer and stroke were assigned tsars, things really started to happen.

"People affected by neurological conditions are fed up with being at the bottom of the government's 'to do' list."

"It is time the Department of Health sorted out this mess. It's not about spending more money: it's about getting good value and quality services." 

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the MS Society, added: "The government now needs to send a clear message to everyone living with a neurological condition that these services are a priority." 

 

 

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