Joint research revealed this week by the MS Trust and the MS Society reveals that access to MS services is being severely impacted by the current pandemic, with 70% of MS professionals saying they believe the MS service they work in is not currently able to meet patients’ needs to the extent it was pre-pandemic.
Nearly three quarters (73%) of MS professionals believe neurological rehabilitation services have been impacted by the pandemic, with appointments having been limited, delayed or cancelled, while they report that they are struggling to return to pre-Covid capacity safely. Three in four (75%) said a backlog of patients was a challenge, more than three in five (66%) said a lack of physical space to deliver care safely was problematic, while three in five (60%) said patients being reluctant to attend appointments was having an impact. You can read the full report here.
Furthermore, a recent survey by the Neurological Alliance found people living with neurological conditions, including MS, are also experiencing delays to their medical appointments. More than seven in ten (72%) said one or more of their NHS appointments had been delayed, while nearly one in four (23%) had experienced difficulty in obtaining their regular medication.
Leading South Wales Neurophysiotherapist Sara Davis is concerned that limiting access to neurorehabilitation services will have a knock on effect on other NHS services. Sara explains: