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Prime minister responds to PDS campaign

Prime minister responds to PDS campaign
4th September 2009

The chief executive of the Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS) has commented on a letter he recently received from the prime minister as a response to the charity's Fair Care for Parkinson's campaign.

Steve Ford is to soon meet with Ann Keen, Undersecretary of State for Health Services, to discuss Parkinson's disease issues further following a letter from Gordon Brown.

Mr Brown thanked the PDS for its commitment to highlighting the variation in access to services across the country and the important work it has done over the years.

He explained that officials in the Department of Health are working to create a partnership with stakeholders to develop the implementation of the National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions.

Mr Brown added: "We have commissioned the Long-Term Conditions Delivery and Support Team ... to deliver a series of regional events that bring together commissioners, the voluntary sector, carers and service users to improve communication and ensure better partnership working in the commissioning process."

Last month, the bird flu virus - regularly known as H5N1 - was linked to the onset of Parkinson's disease due to its ability to cause damage in the brain.

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