West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is supporting the MS Society’s campaign calling on national decision makers and local health leaders to help people with multiple sclerosis to get the rehabilitation support they need, during the pandemic and beyond.
The charity has 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.
The MS Society’s new report, “Too Much To Lose”, shows that:
- Over a third (34%) of people told us they felt their MS symptoms had got worse during lockdown, with many saying their ability to walk had deteriorated, they were experiencing increased fatigue and pain, and were struggling with low mood
- When it came to speaking to a rehabilitation professional during this time, 7 in 10 (69%) of those who needed it said they were unable to
- Of those whose symptoms had worsened, over a half (51%) felt a reduction in, or changes to, specialist support had contributed to their symptoms getting worse.
Rosie is supporting the campaign and has written to local health leaders in West Lancashire to highlight the importance of rehabilitation services for people with MS and ask them to consider pledging to help ensure that people with neurological conditions like MS receive the rehabilitation they need. She said:
“Thousands of people with neurological conditions like MS rely on services such as physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and exercise classes to stay active, manage their condition and do the everyday things many others take for granted.
“Too often, people with MS including many in West Lancashire can’t get the support they need to stay active and independent – and this has only got worse during lockdown.
“I have written to the Clinical Commissioning Group and asked that they consider signing the MS Society’s pledge supporting improved access to rehabilitation.
Phillip Anderson, Head of Policy at the MS Society, 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.”
You can ask your local health leaders to sign the pledge here.or read more about the campaign here.