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MS Society calls for end to treatment lottery

29 April 2013 - 11:56am

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.

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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.

Patients having the means to pay privately is also a major factor in being able to access physiotherapists, continence advisors and emotional support as well, the MS Society says.

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 also launched a ‘Stop the MS Lottery’ campaign and calling on the government to ensure everyone with MS has a personalised treatment, care and support plan and receives two comprehensive reviews every year.

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