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MPs demand better care for sufferers of neurological conditions. They say it is 'poorly coordinated' and quality depends on where you live.
The Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts has said that the Health Department has not implemented its own plan for improving care for people with neurological conditions as set out in a 2005 report:
– Margaret Hodge MP, Chair, Committee of Public Accounts
The Department [of Health] left the implementation to local health commissioners but gave them no leadership at all. It set no baselines and failed to monitor progress and so could not hold them to account where things went wrong. The present Government needs to understand what went wrong here for the future.
It comes as new figures suggest that emergency admissions have increased at the same time as NHS spending on such conditions has risen. In the past three years:
- Spending on neurological conditions is up by 40%
- Emergency admissions is up by 32%
- Readmissions within 28 days is up from 11.2% to 14%