House of Commons investigates services for people with Neurological Conditions
On December 14th the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) heard evidence on services for people living with neurological conditions. The hearings follow the publication of a recent report by the National Audit Office (NAO), which showed that the government has failed to achieve key objectives for improving services for millions of people with neurological conditions. Following the NAO’s report, Neurological Alliance members wrote to the PAC calling for a further review of neurology, and we are delighted that this has now been scheduled. In preparation for the review hearings, members of the Neurological Alliance, ourselves included, submitted evidence as to why improvements need to be made to neurology services in the UK.
The hearings included evidence from a range of witnesses including: NHS England CEO Simon Stevens; Una O’Brien, permanent secretary at the Department of Health; Dr David Bateman, National Clinical Director for neurology; Bruce Keogh, NHS England medical director. There was also be a pre-hearing panel including Arlene Wilkie, CEO of the Neurological Alliance.
You can read our submission as part of the Neurological Alliance to the Public Accounts Committee below:
The transcript of the Public Accounts Committee hearing can be read in full here.
You can read our previous news article on our involvement with the inquiry into Neurology services here.