Members of Cumbria NA are very disturbed to hear NHS England’s decision not to renew the role of the National Clinical Director for Neurology beyond March. All 6 Cumbrian MPs were contacted about our concerns and Tim Farron MP immediately took up our concerns.
Below is an update on the actions the Neurological Alliance has so far taken with our support:
- A letter signed jointly by Alliance members to Jeremy Hunt MP (also copied to Simon Stevens at NHS England).
- The Times newspaper has now published our joint members letter to the editor, available online (behind a paywall) at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/letters/article4678886.ece. A PDF copy is attached for information.
- Following discussions with MPs we expect up to four parliamentary questions to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Health on the NCD issue. We have also raised the issue directly with some key parliamentary stakeholders including the shadow health team and members of the Public Accounts Committee and the Health Select Committee.
- In the coming days we also hope to confirm joint letters from clinical representatives and from chairs of all-party parliamentary groups with an interest in neurology to the Secretary of State.
We have drawn up a briefing document on the issue (also attached) which we are distributing to all interested stakeholders including parliamentarians. It explains the value of the NCD role and the ongoing initiatives which will be undermined by the loss of national clinical leadership for neurology.
These materials are all uploaded onto our website at http://www.neural.org.uk/campaigning/national-clinical-director-for-neurology, which we will continue to update with future developments.