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People with neurological conditions have missed out on vital treatment and support.

Posted on 27 July 2020 by Pippa McClounan


The Neurological Alliance launch the results of their recent survey of more than 1,600 people with neurological conditions, with over 7 in 10 respondents reporting delays to their medical appointments as a result of COVID-19.

The results from the Neurological Alliance survey, along with the powerful first-hand testimony from people living with neurological conditions, show clearly the huge impact COVID-19 has had on neurological treatment, care and support.


 1,672 peopleⁱ took part in the survey between 9 - 20 June 2020. The charity found that: 

  • 72% of respondents reported having had their NHS appointments delayed – 4 in 10 people didn’t know when until.
  • Almost 4 in 10 people (39%) due to see a neurologist were not given a future date for their delayed appointment, leaving them in complete limbo.
  • 19% of respondents felt lonely, 1 in 10 felt hopeless.


You can read the report here.

A technical briefing on the survey is available here.

In light of the reports findings, more than 40 patient organisations have written to Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England and NHS Improvement, urging him to set out plans to restart neurology services. You can read the letter here.

Please support the campaign by sharing the report on your social media using the #NeuroRestart hashtag. 

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