Health care services for neurological conditions

Neurology organisations have reported a “neurology workforce crisis” in recent years. The UK has fewer neurology consultants when compared to other high-income countries, recent data has shown. This has led to concerns about the impact on people with neurological conditions receiving timely access to health and care services. This briefing considers the latest neurology workforce and waiting times data, in addition to recent action taken to improve neurological care.

Health care services for neurological conditions
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    House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report: Catapults

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    Changing the regulation of certain genetically modified plants: motion not to approve new laws

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