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21 August 2012

The Society of Radiographers will raise a motion at next month's TUC Congress, calling for a funding reform and legislation to protect people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Around 100,00 people in UK are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which is a disorder of the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms can include visual problems, muscle spasms, neuroplasmic and muscloskeletal pain, fatigue, depression and paralysis.

“Recent research by the MS Society found that the number of MS patients presenting to A&E departments has dramatically increased due, in no small part, to the low level of care that these patients are receiving in their daily lives,” explained a SoR spokesperson.

“This can be changed if we improve the care and support that these patients receive, reducing attendance to A&E and, therefore, reducing the cost and strain that many emergency departments are currently under.”

In January 2012, the MS Society challenged the Government to deliver a social care system able to provide well funded and high quality care and support for people with long term conditions. It joined more than 60 charities, groups and senior NHS figures to sign an open letter to the Prime Minister stating that the current system is failing people and calling for more to be done to give people the support they need to live independent lives.

The Society will also call on the TUC to support the MS Society’s campaign for better social care; support the recommendations of the Dilnot Commission on funding of care and support; and campaign and lobby the Government to reform the confusing and contradictory patchwork of social care legislation through full implementation of the Law Commission’s recommendations.

Notes for Editor

For more information or to arrange an interview with a representative from the Society of Radiographers, please email or call Clare Aspin on 01795 542435. The TUC Congress will be held on 9-12 September, in Brighton. The Society of Radiographers is the trade union and professional body for radiographers and all non-medical members of the workforce in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy in the UK. It is responsible for their professional, educational, public and workplace interests. Founded in 1920, it is one of the oldest and most experienced radiography organisations in the world.

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