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Time to stand up for the neuro patients hidden in old age care



Richard McKenzie is CEO of Christchurch Group
Richard McKenzie, CEO of Christchurch Group

A recent report published by Neurological Alliance member charity Sue Ryder revealed that more than 15,000 people in England with complex neurological conditions such as head injury, motor neurone disease, MS, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease, are living in old people’s nursing homes.This is shocking news and yet another case of the UK’s ‘postcode lottery’ in which access to health services and medical treatments is determined by the area of the country in which individuals live.

Is it not ethically wrong to hide an articulate young person with motor neurone disease trapped in a dying body or a middle-aged man with a brain injury acquired in a road traffic accident in a setting inappropriate to their age and without a care plan or rehabilitation prescription?

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