Parkinson's disease services 'overwhelmed'
SUPPORT services for 8,000-plus people battling Parkinson's disease have been totally overwhelmed by funding shortfalls and an increased diagnosis rate for the condition.
The warning came as consultant neurologist Dr Sean O'Sullivan said that patients in some areas are not getting the care they need and deserve.
The Cork University Hospital specialist was commenting as it emerged Ireland has just five specialist support nurses available nationwide and none in some major cities like Cork.
"The problem is that even now we are miles behind best practice in terms of patient supports and services, let alone ready for the dramatic increase that is coming down the road very quickly," he warned.