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MS Society calls for end to treatment lottery

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are seeing their access to physiotherapy and other vital treatments determined by where they live, according to a new report from the MS Society.

The report, A lottery of treatment and care: MS services across the UK, finds big disparities in access to MS medicines, social care support, employment support and health professionals.  

It showed that those under the greatest financial pressure are most in need of care and support, but half of those who are struggling financially are unable to access that care and support.

CSP chief executive Phil Gray said physiotherapy was crucial in improving the quality of life for people with MS. ‘Early access to physiotherapy treatment can reduce disability and make the difference between whether or not someone is able to stay in employment and remain independent, Mr Gray said.

‘People with MS need to be able to access physiotherapy when needed, irrespective of their postcode and ability to pay and without the need to see their GP first for a referral.’

The new report was launched to mark MS Week, from 29 April-5 May.

The MS Society is also launching a ‘Stop the MS Lottery’ campaign, calling on the government to ensure all MS patients receive a personalised treatment, care and support plan and two comprehensive reviews every year.

To see more on the report, visit www.mssociety.org.uk/MSlottery

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