Neurology care ‘is lacking’ for UK patients
I am not surprised reading the above article on the state of neurology care in the UK as the diagnosis of narcolepsy is on average delayed by 12 years. Steve Ford, Chair of the Neurological Alliance, said: “Patients with neurological conditions need to see the right specialist at the right time in the right place, but evidence shows clearly that this isn’t happening due to poorly organised services and not enough specialist care.”
The Department of Health takes the opportunity to say that this is a reason to push for the new NHS reform. Giving more power to GP’s and moving decision making closer to the patient? I’m not convinced that is such a good idea considering GP’s knowledge of narcolepsy (and other sleep disorders) appears to be very limited. How do they envision the relationship between specialist and GP? Who will be making decisions? Who is the most suited to making decisions?