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Meg lobbies for availability of Dystonia treatment on the NHS

Friday, April 1, 2005

Meg Munn, Sheffield Heeley MP, will accompany her constituent Mr Keith Hall along with representatives from the Dystonia Society to a meeting in London with Health Minister, Stephen Ladyman, on Tuesday 6th April. The meeting is to discuss the possibility of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) as a treatment for Dystonia being made available on the NHS.

 

Dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes muscles in the body to pull or spasm and affects more than 38,000 people in the UK. These involuntary contractions cause twisting or repetitive movements, or force the body into unusual postures. DBS is seen as one of the best treatments in controlling the condition. However this effective treatment is currently not available on the NHS.

 

Mr Hall, who lives in Sheffield Heeley, suffers from segmental Dystonia and has had DBS treatment. He, along with the Dystonia Society, wants to see it available on the NHS and available to all suffers of this painful condition.

 

Meg Munn said;

 

‘Keith first contacted me in 2001 when I first became an MP and I had never heard of the condition. However having seen Keith come through his treatment successfully I thought it was time for this treatment to be available on the NHS’

 

‘I am very optimistic about the meeting on Tuesday. I hope other suffers of this debilitating and painful condition will soon be able to receive this effective treatment which make their lives more bearable.’

 

 


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