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MS patients 'being failed by NHS'

MS patients 'being failed by NHS'
11th July 2008

The NHS is failing people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to two influential bodies.

A report from the Royal College of Physicians and the MS Trust states people living with the condition in the UK are subject to a "postcode lottery", reports the MS Society.

It contends access to basic services for patients depends on their geographical location.

The NHS is failing to implement National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the management of MS which were set out in 2003, it adds.

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the MS Society, says it is "vital that health services are held to account".

He states: "The NICE guideline sets out a laudable range of care and support on paper but it needs to be backed up in practice."

Last month, Mr Gillespie commented on Lord Darzi's recently-published review of the NHS.

He suggested the report represents a "great opportunity" for providing people with MS access to the care they need.

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