Investment in treatment of neurological disorders needed - Anderson
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called for more investment in the early diagnosis and treatment of neurological and pain disorders.
Ms Anderson said;
"Across Europe millions of people with neurological and pain disorders struggle to get the treatment and support they need.
"These disorders arise from illness or injury to the brain, spinal cord or nerves.
"153 million people suffer from migraines or other disabling headaches each year and approximately 100 million people experience chronic pain.
"It's vital that awareness is raised around these issues in order to develop effective treatments.
"Brain disorders cost Europe twice as much as cancer yet cancer research has received twice as much public funding for basic research which produces new drugs for the pharmaceutical industry to test.
"Stigma, lack of knowledge and social exclusion can increase the burden on patients and families. More than half of people with epilepsy feel stigmatised and 30 per cent never reveal their diagnosis, often out of fear of losing their job.
"Ensuring early access to appropriate treatment and consistent implementation of European social legislation such as the Employment Equality Framework Directive will help affected individuals to access support to stay in education and employment."