Neurological illnesses increase in UK

Neurological illnesses increase in UK

The number of people with neurological illness, including Parkinson's disease and motor neurone disease (MND), is increasing in the UK. Experts claim that incidents of Parkinson's disease alone will rise by 28 per cent by 2020. MND is also expected to increase by 27 per cent over the same period, with 50 multiple sclerosis sufferers diagnosed per week. According to the Neurological Alliance, this will create a "neurological timebomb" for the NHS, which has been worsened by the government "having its head in the sand" and having no clear strategy. Alliance chairman and Parkinson's UK chief executive Steve Ford stated: "It's not about spending more money: it's about getting good value and quality services." To solve the problem, a leader is needed to champion the cause, he said, explaining that when this occurred with diabetes, cancer and stroke "things really started to happen". However, neurological ailments have increased in prominence over the last couple of years, with a number of high profile people admitting to having a neurological condition, such as Michael J Fox, Muhammad Ali and Margaret Thatcher, who has dementia. Find out about dementia care and support services at Barchester care homes.