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In the week that government reforms to the NHS become law, Epilepsy Society has announced it is joining the Neurological Alliance.
This is part of the charity’s strategy to work in partnership with other neurological organisations to improve services for people with epilepsy at a local level.
The news follows the charity’s announcement earlier this year of a strategic alliance with Epilepsy Bereaved and its affiliated partnership with Neurological Commissioning Support which began in 2011.
Epilepsy Society’s chief executive Graham Faulkner said: ‘The creation of GP commissioning groups means that decisions about epilepsy services are now being taken more locally. Economic realities mean that resources in the NHS and voluntary sector that could be used to improve the lives of people with epilepsy are scarce.
‘Epilepsy Society has been working with people affected by epilepsy for 120 years. In this new environment we have found that the distinct and significant differences between epilepsy and other neurological conditions are being recognised by commissioners when epilepsy is presented as part of the broader challenge of addressing neurological conditions.’