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Amy Winehouse's mum 'won't let Multiple Sclerosis get in the way of life'

A new study by the Multiple Sclerosis Society shows most people don't understand the condition.

More than 100,000 people suffer from the debilitating disease.

1 in 4 people thought disabled people exaggerated the extent of their condition, and many thought MS sufferers could not lead a normal life.

The mother of the late singer Amy Winehouse has spoken exclusively to ITV1's Daybreak about living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Janis Winehouse was first diagnosed 30 years ago and has learnt to cope with the disease. She says she was determined not to let MS get in the way of her life.

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Health Department has shown 'no leadership'

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:

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.

– Margaret Hodge MP, Chair, Committee of Public Accounts

MPs call for urgent improvement in neurological care

The Public Accounts Committee will today publish recommendations for care for people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis.

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%
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