16.7.2021 New UK data shows over 10,000 people waiting more than a year for neurological services

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 New data published by the Neurological Alliance in the UK  shows that the number of people waiting over a year for a neurology and neurosurgery appointment has risen by 9000% in just 13 months.

In February 2020, 38 people had been waiting for a neurology appointment, while 169 had been waiting for a neurosurgery appointment for more than a year. By the end of March 2021, more than 150,000 people were waiting to be assessed by a specialist consultant, and more than 60,000 people were waiting for a neurosurgery appointment. Of these, over 10,000 people have been waiting for over a year.

Here in Ireland, our forthcoming pre budget submission outlines the impact of COVID19 on neurological care services already critically underresourced pre-pandemic. Services simply do not have the capacity to meet the backlog from COVID19 restrictions which will further exacerbate unacceptable waiting times and lack of access to care for people living with neurological conditions.

More detail on the UK figures is available here