Update on clinical leadership in neurology

The National Neurological Alliance is continuing to campaign and engage with NHS England on the future of clinical leadership for neurology services, following their decision to end the role of National Clinical Director for Adult Neurology and reduce support for clinical networks. The latest updates areavailable on the Alliance website, along with an updated briefing on the issues and background.

Cumbria Neurological Alliance co-signed the Alliance’s letter to the Secretary of State for Health and to the Times newspaper regarding NHS England’s decision to cut the role of National Clinical Director for Adult Neurology. Letters were also sent in support of our view by the chairs of all-party parliamentary groups with an interest in neurology, and by representatives of over 20 professional clinical organisations with an interest in neurology such as the Association of British Neurologists. A copy of these letters as well as a response from Ben Gummer MP, (Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of Health), is available on the Alliance’s website.

In addition, with the help of members a number of parliamentary questions were placed in February and March on the future of clinical leadership for neurology. The questions and responses can be found at the following links: 29133; 27966; 27532; 27534; HL6082; 26275;Commons25394; HL7369.

Arlene Wilkie CEO The Neurological Alliance states “We are now working with supportive parliamentarians on follow-ups to our previous letters and questions, as we feel the responses provided so far are unsatisfactory. In addition we are meeting with NHS England colleagues in April, along with the Association of British Neurologists, to discuss in detail NHS plans for maintaining clinical leadership for neurology going forward. We will continue to press NHS England for clear proposals to assure ongoing clinical leadership and will keep members updated on any developments.”

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