We've worked with the MS Society to survey MS healthcare professionals across the UK and find out the impact Covid-19 is having on essential services for people with MS.
We found that seven in ten UK MS healthcare professionals (70%) believe the MS service they work in, or with, is not currently able to meet patients’ needs to the extent it was pre-pandemic.
Nearly three quarters (73%) think neurological rehabilitation services have been impacted by the pandemic, with appointments having been either limited, delayed or cancelled – 76% said resuming these vital services back to pre-Covid-19 capacity must be a priority.
Alongside workforce redeployment, MS healthcare professionals identified a number of ongoing challenges MS services are facing in getting back to pre-Covid capacity safely. Three in four (75%) said a backlog of patients was a challenge, more than three in five (66%) said a lack of physical space to deliver care safely was problematic, while three in five (60%) said patients being reluctant to attend appointments was having an impact. You can read the full report here.
Furthermore, a recent survey by the Neurological Alliance found people living with neurological conditions, including MS, are also experiencing delays to their medical appointments. More than seven in ten (72%) said one or more of their NHS appointments had been delayed, while nearly one in four (23%) had experienced difficulty in obtaining their regular medication.
Megan Roberts, Head of Health Professionals Programmes at the MS Trust, commented:
“We’re hearing first-hand from people with MS who feel that their health and wellbeing has deteriorated during the pandemic because they have been unable to access the life-changing rehabilitation services they rely on. Healthcare professionals are going above and beyond to support people with MS in these uncertain times, but they are facing huge challenges to meet the needs of the MS community and get services back to pre-Covid capacity. We stand with the MS Society in urging the NHS to address the current gaps in treatment, care and support and ensure nobody is left to face MS alone.”
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People with neurological conditions are missing out on vital treatment and support during the pandemic
People living with neurological conditions like MS are missing out on vital treatment and support as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent survey by the Neurological Alliance.
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