April 14, 2004
Multiple Sclerosis Society
On Thursday 26th March, a special committee of MPs challenged officials from the Department of Health on NHS provision of palliative care.
MPs including Paul Burstow, the Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for MS, asked officials about whether there are appropriate services for younger people and if services meet the needs and wishes of the individuals who use them and their families and carers. This was the first meeting of the House of Commons Health Select Committee inquiry into palliative care.
The MS Society welcomes this inquiry and has put forward evidence on the need for specialist palliative care for people severly affected by MS to the committee.
The Society hopes that the National Service Framework (NSF) for long
term conditions due early next year, will recognise the need for the range
of palliative care services for people with neurological conditions, and
trigger appropriate service and workforce development including education,
in the NHS.
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