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More MS news articles for October 2002

Chairs of External Reference Group of the National Service Framework announced

10 October 2002
 At the Neurological Alliance's annual general meeting on 9 October, Jacqui Smith (Minister of State, Department of Health) announced the people who will lead on the development of the National Service Framework (NSF) for Long-term Conditions. The chair will be Diana Whitworth, chief executive of Carers UK. Her vice chairmen will be Lynne Turner-Stokes, Professor of Neurorehabilitation and Andy McKeown, Department of Health.

Large numbers of nominations have been received for the Expert Reference Group and these will be announced in due course, together with the terms of reference of the group and a time frame to deliver the NSF in 2004 for implementation to begin from 2005.

The National Service Framework will focus, according to the Minister, on the needs of people with neurological conditions and brain and spinal injury and will seek to redress the "unacceptable variation in services across the country". She aspires to a service which will provide "good quality joined up health and social care".

We're really pleased that the lead people have now been named and are looking forward to being involved. This is an important process with the ability to make a real difference to services for people with MS in the UK over the next 10 years.

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