20.4.2021 New report from the UK reports highlights the impact of COVID19 on neurological care services

 A report published by the National Neuroscience Advisory Group (NNAG) in the UK warns of a "perfect storm" for services for people with neurological conditions resulting from the COVID19 pandemic. 

The report, "Lessons learnt from the COVID19 pandemic: Priorities in care for people with neurological conditions, builds on evidence from more than 1600 people with neurological conditions as well key datasets and consultations with professional bodies and service providers. 

The report found that there is an estimated backlog of more than 225,000 neurology and 58,000 neurosurgery appointments at the end of 2020 alone. The COVID19 pandemic has magnified the challenges facing rehabilitation services in particular. Data showed that there were 20,000 fewer appointments with a rehabilitation consultant between March and June 2020 compared with the previous year. 

The report also highlighted that a growing number of long-covid patients now require neurological, neurorehabilitation and neuro-psychiatric and/or neuropsychological care: further increasing demand for services. 

The full report is available to download here

In March 2021, NAI published their submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Health on the impact of COVID19 on neurological care services. Our report is available to download here