Alarming numbers of people with MS in the UK are facing a lottery when it comes to accessing the care and support they need to manage their condition
Here are some facts about MS treatment
- Six out of Ten eligible people do not take disease modifying treatments (DMT’s)
- If you have MS and live in Northern Ireland you are more than twice as likely to be taking a DMT than if you live in Wales.
- Across Europe, only Poland and Romania have a smaller proportion of people with MS taking DMTs.
- Access to specialists also plays a key role – those with access to an MS nurse or neurologist are more than twice as likely to be taking a DMT.
People with MS in the UK should have access to medicines among the best in Europe, not the worst, and we need to to see an end to the current postcode – and passport – lottery of access.
To do this the MS society are calling on governments across the UK to ensure every person with MS has a personalised treatment , care and support plan, with two comprehensive reviews each year.
“When it comes to MS drug prescription rates, the UK ranks 25th out of 27 European countries. Given the relative wealth of the UK this is simply unacceptable.” MS society