A new 2020 study from Northern Ireland suggests that people with epilepsy are not getting access to vital epilepsy support.
Stories about epilepsy services
Epilepsy services need to resume as quickly and safely as possible, say leading epilepsy charities and health professionals.
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.
Last night there was a short debate in the Houses of Parliament on epilepsy and neurology.
It took place in the Main Chamber of the House of Lords, allowing Lords, Ladies and Peers to discuss improving health and social care services for people with epilepsy.
The debate was proposed, and was be opened, by Epilepsy Action’s President Baroness Ford of Cunninghame.
On Monday 18 July, the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, set out the new government’s plans to reform the NHS in England. The plans were set out in a document called ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’. The aim of these reforms is to give more power to doctors and patients in how services look, and how they are delivered.
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.