More MS news articles for Oct 2001

Disability groups applaud Labor's accommodation policy

Tue, 30 Oct 2001 7:00 AEDT

Disability groups have welcomed the Federal Opposition's promise to provide better accommodation for young people who are forced to live in nursing homes because of debilitating conditions.

The Shadow Minister for Disability Services, Senator Chris Evans, has pledged $50 million to help younger people with brain injury and diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS).

He says nursing homes cannot provide the sort of care which is needed by these people.

"It's a tragedy that many young people with MS or brain injuries are forced to live within accommodation and services designed for people in their 90s," he said.

"They have much different needs in terms of their lifestyle and they should be housed in accommodation much more suited to their needs."

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