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Epilepsy Action launches new report on epilepsy services

23 Jan 2013

Yesterday, Epilepsy Action’s campaign team launched a new report in the UK parliament’s House of Commons.

“Epilepsy services are not good enough in many areas of the UK”, said Stacey Rennard, Epilepsy Action’s campaign manager. “Our report draws attention to these shortcomings. We want people to ACT now!” she said.

“The report and its findings were very well received by all who attended”, she continued. The report’s findings were “worrying”, she said. “More needs to be done by healthcare providers and commissioners to tackle inconsistencies”.

The report comes from information from acute trusts, healthcare commissioners, local authorities and almost 1,000 people with epilepsy.

The report found that people with epilepsy are not getting access to specialist nurses. People with epilepsy are waiting too long to see a specialist. People with difficult to control epilepsy are not being referred for other treatments.

Epilepsy Action’s Vice President, Laura Sandys MP, hosted the event. Members of Parliament, Members of the House of Lords, clinicians, key organisations and people with epilepsy were in attendance to hear the findings of the report, and Epilepsy Action’s recommendations to improve services.

There were introductory speeches, followed by discussions of the report’s findings.

More detailed information about the report and to download a copy.

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