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Last updated October 2020

MS Society publish new research

People with MS are missing out on vital support to stay active and independent, according to new report.

The MS Society have published new research showing that too often, people with MS can’t get the support they need to stay active and independent. And this has only got worse during lockdown.

Thousands of people with MS rely on rehabilitation services, like physiotherapy, occupational therapy or continence support, to do the everyday things many people take for granted. Things like making a cup of tea or just moving around the home safely.

Their new report shows that since lockdown began, 7 in 10 people with MS hadn’t been able to speak to a rehabilitation professional when they needed to.

Of the 1674 people spoken to, 4 in 10 had appointments cancelled or delayed, either by the healthcare professional or by themselves due to concerns about infection. Without this support, people with MS are losing their mobility, their confidence and their independence. This is too much to lose, and it can’t wait.

That’s why MS Society have launched a new campaign today. They’re calling on local health leaders to do all they can to make sure people with MS get the support they need, during the pandemic and beyond.

Phillip Anderson, Head of Policy, says: “We’re asking local health leaders to sign our pledge to make sure people with long-term neurological conditions like MS can access the rehabilitation support they need. To prevent the painful and life-limiting effects of MS getting worse as the pandemic continues.”

Source: MS Society