Patients with emergency brain disorders are denied specialist care

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:631
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    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 …

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