Patients with emergency brain disorders are denied specialist careBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7338.631/a (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:631
- Annabel Ferriman
The number of consultant neurologists needs to expand from the present 350 to between 1000 and 1400 if Britain is to have a comprehensive service for all acute neurological emergencies in adults, a new report says.
Patients who are critically ill should be seen immediately, and all other acutely ill patients should be seen by a neurologist within 24-48 hours, the report from the Association of British Neurologists says.
At present many patients who are acutely ill with neurological conditions such as epilepsy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and stroke may not see a neurologist for several days, if at all.
Yet when such …