Arthritis patients 'failed' by NHS, UK
A study conducted by the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) found that many patients are being subjected to poor standards of care and provided with little support to help them deal with their condition.
In the survey of 84 doctors and other healthcare professionals, 92 per cent complained that the Government\'s current health service priorities meant they could not provide the level of service people with MSCs need.
Consultant rheumatologist Mike Webley, chairman of ARMA, warned: \"People who are in pain, forced into unemployment and struggling to remain independent are finding it impossible to get the healthcare they need and are entitled to.\"
It is estimated that more than eight million people in the UK have an MSC and more than half a million claim incapacity benefit because of the condition.
However, the Department of Health claims that it is committed to the needs of arthritis patients.
\"There are now more doctors and nurses than ever before, and more medicines are being provided than ever before,\" said health minister Stephen Ladyman.
This report can be found at http://www.arma.uk.net/pdfs/ARMA%20press%20release%2015th%20Nov%202004.doc
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