Brain injury victims suffer vicious cuts in services

Cuts in rehabilitation services are resulting in thousands being denied according to a new study by the brain injury charity, Headway.

More than a million people with a brain injury living in the UK have been forced to compromise their quality of life because a combination of local authority, NHS funding and welfare budget reforms has resulted in rehabilitation and support services being removed. "Timely access to rehabilitation and continuing health and social care is needed to help people regain a degree of independence, improve their quality of life and reduce their reliance on more expensive long-term care," according to Colin Shieff, a consultant at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, and a Headway trustee. More than half of the 500 survivors of brain injury in the survey reported that they had lost access to rehabilitation and support services. The charity warned the cuts were not cost effective, as people might be forced to become dependent on more expensive, long-term state support in the future. Read the full story.
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