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Multiple Sclerosis Nurses under Threat

Multiple Sclerosis Nurses under Threat


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) nurse posts are being put under threat by the latest cash crisis. There are currently more than 200 MS nurses in the UK, with around 80 part-funded by the MS Society.

In recent months, a disturbing picture has emerged of hours being cut, post funding frozen, and a lack of willingness on the part of some Primary Care Trusts to honour future funding commitments. The MS Society is working to get a clearer picture of how this is likely to develop in months to come and more information will be available as it arises.

Sharon Haffenden, director of research and services at the MS Society, said: "We are beginning to see cuts in the specialist care available to people with MS, with hours being reduced and posts frozen. This is of great concern to us because MS nurses are so important to people affected by MS - nurses can help manage symptoms like pain and fatigue, make sure people are getting the right treatments, identity when relapses take place, and provide information and psychological support. Cuts in these services would make life very difficult for many of the 85,000 people affected by MS in the UK."

"We have been funding a number of posts at Primary Care Trusts where the Trusts had agreed to pick up the cost after several years, but they are now backing down on their promises, which is very disturbing. They have taken money raised by MS Society volunteers and fundraisers and we need to think about claiming this back", said Sharon Haffenden. "We are already diverting funds from other charitable work to support posts which are under threat, but we can only afford to do this for so long."; Source: Multiple Sclerosis Society

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