A plan to help improve diagnosis, treatment and awareness of neurological conditions from epilepsy to Parkinson’s disease is going out to consultation.
More than 500,000 people in Wales are affected, with 10,000 living with long-term conditions.
The Welsh government has set out its expectations of care across the NHS in Wales and support services provided through councils and charities.
The health minister said services and support should be available everywhere.
The neurological condition delivery plan has six key aims:
- Raising awareness
- Timely diagnosis
- Fast and effective care
- Helping living with the condition
- Improving information
- Targeting research
People who have neurological conditions, which include migraine, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, often report that the main issue is improving the quality of their lives.
The Welsh government said the plan was designed to put services in place to promote self-care and allow people to live as independently as possible.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: “We want to ensure that those affected by any kind of neurological condition have timely access to high quality services and support to live with their condition.
“This should be irrespective of where they reside and whether these services are delivered through hospitals or in the community.”
Fiona Kettell, Operations Manager for Epilepsy Wales
“We welcome and endorse the general principles within the Action Plan .
Currently there are examples of excellent practice and service delivery but also areas where services are very limited causing real hardship and risk to the health and wellbeing of individuals and families.
We hope that the time, energy and resources that have gone into the planning of this report are reflected by investment and funding for the delivery of direct services that meet the specific needs of the different neurological conditions. We look forward to seeing the plan being delivered as practise”.