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Delays In Scotland

21 November, 2000

BBC News reports that neurological specialists in Scotland have expressed concern over the length of time it takes for patients to be seen in hospital.Some patients can wait up to a year to see a specialist. 

The doctors from the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh made their comments in a letter to The Scotsman newspaper.

According to the doctors there is only one consultant neurologist in Scotland covering about 200,000 people. 

They said "There are thousands of other patients with neurological problems who may have to wait many months to be seen by specialist neurologists - those with Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, migraine, stroke, unexplained headaches, weakness, pins and needles, blackouts, dizziness and so on."

The doctors wrote their letter as a response to to a report that criticised services for people with multiple sclerosis.