Almost 9 in 10 Health Boards and Trusts in England and Wales do not enable mental health provision within epilepsy clinics. This is despite research showing that children with epilepsy are four times more likely to experience a mental health problem than their peers.
Stories about care
During National Epilepsy Week, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Epilepsy met in Westminster. Health Minister Ann Keen attended the meeting to hear about the work being carried out on behalf of people with epilepsy. She announced that she would be writing to all Strategic Health Authorities (SHA) in England to highlight this work, and ask them to improve their services for people with epilepsy.
The UK government is consulting on the future of the care and support needs in England.
Statistics show that, with an ageing population, in 20 years' time a quarter of the entire adult population will be over 65 and the number of people over 85 will have doubled. The growth in the number of people with care and support needs will put tremendous pressure on services. There's also likely to be issues around the financial support that they receive through benefits and other funding streams.