Brain injury survivors are being failed by NHS England

This is according to House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.

Brain injury survivors and those suffering from other neurological conditions are continuing to be failed by the Department of Health and NHS England according to a new report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The PAC has called on the government to make urgent changes to ensure the situation is improved for neurological patients across the country. Highlighting numerous failings in the provision of neurological services, the report makes five recommendations to reduce inequalities for people with brain injuries and other neurological conditions. The report follows a similar inquiry by the PAC in 2012 that called for joint health and social care commissioning of neurological services. However, this latest report finds that these recommendations were not properly implemented and that the changes 'have not yet led to demonstrable improvements in services and outcomes for patients'. Headway has welcomed the PAC recommendations that look to improve access to services and retain the post of national clinical director of neurology. Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway, said: "Neurological services and brain injury in particular have been neglected for too long. It is vital that the Department of Health and NHS England recognise this important report and implement the recommendations as soon as possible. "Sadly, however, this is not a new situation. In 2001, the Health Select Committee report into Head Injury made numerous recommendations which 15 years on are yet to be implemented. Four years later, the National Service Framework for Long Term (Neurological) Conditions was introduced but not properly financed and not properly implemented. "There is clear evidence that access to specialist neurorehabilitation and support services improves outcomes for patients. Headway's own report, A ticking time bomb: false economy of cuts to brain injury services, highlighted the increased long-term reliance on state support that can result from a lack of appropriate acute and community-based services. "It is high time that neurological patients are finally given the support they need."
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