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Fifth of people with motor neurone disease face year’s wait for referral

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Fifth of people with motor neurone disease face year’s wait for referral

One in five people who have been diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in the last three years have had to wait a year or more to be referred to a neurologist, according to new research released by the MND Association. Referral to a neurologist is a critical step in receiving a diagnosis of MND.

Of these, more than half (52%) had been referred to other healthcare professionals first, most commonly physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeons or ear, nose and throat specialists instead of straight to a neurologist – the professional best able to deliver an accurate, confirmed diagnosis of MND. More.....