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MS patients should not suffer from a postcode lottery, says actor Max Beesley

MS patients should not suffer from a postcode lottery, says actor Max Beesley
29th April 2013

People living with multiple sclerosis (MS) are having to suffer in silence because they are not being given access to the treatments and support they need, actor Max Beesley has said in a letter to the Daily Telegraph.

The 42-year-old Mancunian pointed to research from the MS Society which shows that 60 per cent of people with MS are not receiving treatments which can reduce attacks and even slow down the progression of the condition.

"Those under the greatest financial pressure are the most in need of social care and support, but the least likely to get it. Access to treatments and services also varies dramatically across Britain," he wrote.

He added that having MS means people face a daily battle to cope and they should not have to fight further with health and social care providers.

Mr Beesley is urging the government to end what is regarded as something of a postcode lottery and ensure that people with MS receive a good standard of care no matter where they live or what their social circumstances are.

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