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Parkinson's disease care must improve, says charity

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A charity has launched a campaign to improve care for patients with Parkinson’s disease following a highly critical report published last week.

The Parkinson’s Disease Society has launched the campaign following a highly critical report earlier this week that raised concerns about lack of services in some regions.

According to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Parkinson’s disease report, there are major inequalities and a lack of information about the condition.

The ‘Please Mind the Gap: Parkinson’s disease services today’ report was based on a parliamentary inquiry that began in November last year, based on evidence from 350 people with the disease and their carers.

Also based on evidence from clinicians and health and social care organisations, it calls for better planning, improved national leadership, better commissioning and workforce planning to solve the problems.

There must also be a five-year review of the National Service Framework for long-term neurological conditions.

The charity campaign will call on patients to email the prime minister to lobby him to improve services and urges MPs to join the all-party group.


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