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Epilepsy nurses shortage

28th May 2008

A leading charity has warned that there are not enough specialist nurses in Scotland to meet the needs of people suffering from epilepsy.

Epilepsy Scotland claims that there are only 24 specialist nurses across the whole country to cope with the 40,000 people in Scotland who have the condition. The Joint Epilepsy Council for the UK and Ireland recommends one nurse per 100,000 of the population, meaning Scotland should have at least 61 specialist nurses. The charity has called on the government and the 14 health boards to ensure they meet that target.

 

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