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  • 10.3.2014 Press notice for Brain Awareness Week
    of successive cuts to health services and benefits on people living with neurological conditions such as stroke epilepsy multiple sclerosis and Parkinsons disease The survey carried out in early 2014 and being released as part of National Brain Awareness Week March 10 th to 15 th shows significantly reduced access to services such as respite care and therapy major reductions in medical card eligibility and cuts to mobility allowances home

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  • 27.5.2013: Latest press release from our campaign centre: Ireland leads EU brain services think-in but should sort out "appalling deficits" at home first
    way in Dublin as the Irish EU Presidency s contribution to European Brain Month The Neurological Alliance of Ireland NAI the umbrella group for neurological not for profit organisations in this country said services here were among the worst in Europe with just one in six of 15 000 people requiring specialist neurorehabilitation each year receive a service whilst over 1000 patients waiting more than four years to see a neurologist in a hospital outpatients clinic It s an irony that Ireland is at the centre of efforts to develop neurological services across the EU when those in our own country are so desperately poor said NAI Development Manager Mags Rogers She was speaking before the start of the two day Healthy Brain Healthy Europe which begins in the National Convention Centre today Ms Rogers said one critical area requiring action was the Government s national neurorehabilitation policy Eighteen months after the policy was published they haven t even managed to deliver the promised implementation plan and now they are rolling back on the need for such a plan even though there is a clear commitment to it in the policy That is a decision that will have a severe

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  • 1.5.2013: Latest Press Release from our campaign centre: Ireland hosts European Month of the Brain but gets a Red Card for Neurological Care
    hospital outpatient clinic and 38 of all patients waiting more than a year 37 requiring neurosurgery being left untreated for over six months The lowest number of rehabilitation medicine consultants per capita in Europe If our 7 consultants increased to 50 we d still have the second lowest number in Europe per head of population Cumulative cutbacks of 15 forcing the curtailment or closure of vital community services NAI Development Manager Mags Rogers said Given the state of our neurological services Ireland is the last country in the EU that should be hosting Brain Month and it is a bitter irony for people with neurological conditions here that this duty has fallen to Ireland as part of the duties of our EU Presidency Unacceptable waiting times for diagnosis lack of access to vital neurorehabilitation and savage cuts to local services mean that in many respects Irish services are possibly the worst not just in the EU but in the whole of Europe Ms Rogers said that although the Government blames the economic collapse for the failure to improve services many cost free proposals in its national neurorehabilitation policy published at the end of 2011 still haven t been implemented We

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  • 28.2.2013 Latest press release from our campaign centre
    months When you combine these waiting lists with the huge deficits that exist in neurorehabilitation services for people living with the effects of car crashes brain tumours strokes and a range of other serious conditions what you are left with is suffering on a monumental scale in every town and parish the length and breadth of Ireland much of it avoidable We need urgent action to prioritise the development of better services both in hospital and the community for people with neurological conditions Consultant neurologist Professor Orla Hardiman said that the long delays are not acceptable either to doctors or the population at large particularly as Ireland prepares to host the European Month of the Brain in May this year as part of its EU presidency Ireland will host a major Europe wide conference which will include a focus on how our health system manages diseases of the brain She notes that to a large extent the solution in reducing waiting lists for neurology lies not in increased funding for services but through reorganisation of what s already there We don t need more money we just need to be cleverer about the way we deliver the services people need There are many barriers and blocks historical practices and poor organisational structures that reduce the effectiveness of existing services she declared In tackling service deficits it s more important to look at the quality of services that people are getting than the length of waiting lists If patients are seen quicker but are just getting a yellow pack service that s no good either The waiting list figures emerged a week after the NAI launched its Neurorehabilitation Manifesto to highlight the fact that whilst an estimated 150 000 out of some 700 000 people living with neurological conditions in Ireland require ongoing rehabilitation services across large swathes of the country are fragmented patchy or non existent Existing services provided by not for profit organisations continue to endure swingeing cutbacks of up to 25 in some cases forcing the downgrading and closure of vital community programmes countrywide Mr Macey said that neurorehabilitation services in Ireland are recognised to be the worst in Europe And even if the improvements being sought were implemented they would still be worse than those in any other European country with the exception of the UK For example we currently have 7 consultants to serve acute neurorehabilitation needs across the whole country But even if we had 50 we would still have the lowest number per capita in Europe with the exception of the UK And if it increased to 150 we would still be behind countries like Estonia Latvia Czech Republic Croatia and Serbia In other words what we are really aspiring to is not to have services that any country could be proud of or even services that are mediocre but to be the second worst country in Europe for neurorehabilitation An NAI survey of people across the spectrum of neurological conditions has also found

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  • Latest Press Release from our Campaign Centre 20.2.2013
    its hands of them We have to help people get back as much of their lives as possible after they are struck by neurological conditions The biggest deficits recorded in the survey were in neuropsychology services which each year are required by around 50 000 people with neurological conditions nationwide However just 20 neuropsychologists are currently in post for the entire country when the number required is around three times that Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist at Beaumont Hospital Dr Niall Pender said that patients missing out on vital psychological treatment are suffering unnecessarily and this will have a serious impact on their functional ability employment possibilities and education Neuropsychologists work across the lifespan and work with children and families following brain injury and return to school They work in facilitating diagnostics and measuring cognitive changes following injuries and illnesses In later life they are a necessary part of a memory clinic in assisting the diagnosis of dementia There are other specialist roles in the pre surgical assessment of epilepsy and in the assessment of mental capacity he added Mr Macey said that neurorehabilitation services in Ireland are recognised to be the worst in Europe And even if the improvements being sought were implemented they would still be worse than those in any other European country with the exception of the UK For example we currently have 7 consultants to serve specialist neurorehabilitation needs across the whole country But even if we had 50 we would still have the lowest number per capita in Europe with the exception of the UK And if it increased to 150 we would still be behind countries like Estonia Latvia Czech Republic Croatia and Serbia In other words what we are really aspiring to is not to have services that any country could be proud of

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  • 17.12.2014 National Dementia Strategy
    17 12 2014 National Dementia Strategy National Dementia Strategy 2014

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  • Towards Earlier Discharge, Better Outcomes, Lower Cost Stroke Rehabilitation in Ireland
    Towards Earlier Discharge Better Outcomes Lower Cost Stroke Rehabilitation in Ireland ESRI and Irish Heart Foundation research report on the cost effectiveness of early supported discharge for stroke in Ireland

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  • Strategic Review of Neurology and Neurophysiology Services in Ireland
    in Ireland This document commissioned by the National Hospitals Office provides the first indepth examination and set of recommendations for neurology and neurophysiology services in Ireland NAI authored sections on

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