The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Parkinson’s Disease carried out a study of the state of the care system in place for sufferers, and found that healthcare professionals are not being trained to help deal with it. Diagnosis is often missed or delayed, and there are also not enough specially trained nurses, particularly in Wales and Northern Ireland. Currently there are around 275, but the report calls for this figure to be increased to 400.
Official guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for how the disease should be dealt with are also not being met.
Baroness Gale, chairman of the APPG for Parkinson’s Disease, said: “We hope that the report will provide the boost to the Government and the devolved administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland to reprioritise Parkinson’s, and to deliver against the report’s recommendations.”