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12th January 2015

The Invisible Patients: a new report from the Neurological Alliance
The Neurological Alliance has launched a new report, The Invisible Patients: Revealing the state of neurology services. Bringing together the findings of the Neurological Alliance's inaugural quality of commissioning audit and neurological patient experience survey, the report identifies significant variation in the quality of the commissioning of neurological services among clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Findings include:

  • The Invisible PatientsOnly 14.7% of CCGs have assessed local costs relating to the provision of neurology services

  • Only 20.4% and 26.2% of CCGs respectively have assessed the number of people using neurological services and the prevalence of neurological conditions within their area

  • Only 33% of CCGs obtain vital feedback from patients in regards to the neurological services they commission

  • These issues have a significant impact on patients' care, with 58.1% of patients having experienced problems in accessing the services or treatment they need.


In response, The Invisible Patients sets out a number of recommendations. Find out more on the Neurological Alliance website.




Across the NHS South West, there are estimated to be nearly one million people living with some type of neurological condition. Check out the figures here: The number of people living with a long term condition in the NHS South West area

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