800k People with Neurological Issues Failed by State, Says Charity

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(Irish Examiner) – People who have neurological conditions have been failed by the Government, a charity has claimed.

The Neurological Alliance of Ireland pointed to under-investment in services, growing waiting lists, and the failure to meet key commitments in the Programme for Government.

At a time when Ireland is researching and developing treatments for neurological conditions, people who have the diseases are struggling.

800,000 Irish people have a neurological condition, whether it be stroke, epilepsy, dementia, acquired brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or rare and genetic conditions. The executive director of the NAI, Mags Rogers, said they had waited over eight years for an implementation plan for the National Neurorehabilitation Strategy, before it was finally published this year, but with no commitment to investment.

“That is just paying lip service. Meanwhile, charities have seen successive cuts to their funding, which is impacting on vital services for people with neurological conditions and their families,” she said. CONTINUE