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Health minister to consult nurses on epilepsy care

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Health minister Ann Keen has pledged to meet with epilepsy specialist nurses in an effort to improve services for patients with the condition.

Ann Keen announced the plan after she met with epilepsy specialist nurses at the National Society for Epilepsy (NSE), to find out how better service could be delivered.

Ms Keen said: “Patient safety is paramount - if having more nurses means that people are safer then we have to do something.  I look forward to meeting with epilepsy nurses to find out how staff on the frontline feel services can be improved for patients.”

At the meeting, the inister also said she was intending to ask the Care Quality Commission to undertake a review of epilepsy services and the application of the NICE guidelines.

NSE chief executive Graham Faulkner said:  “NSE and other members of the Joint Epilepsy Council have been working for some years to make the government sit up and take notice of epilepsy. There is a compelling economic case for investment in improved services that will not only benefit people with the condition but which will also save the Government money. 

“I really feel that at long last there is a willingness and recognition on the part of the Department of Health to embrace the need for reform of epilepsy services.”

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