'Serious Shortage' of Muscular Dystrophy Physios, Say Experts
Two leading neuromuscular physiotherapists have warned MPs and commissioners that there is a 'serious shortage' of physiotherapists specialising in muscle-wasting diseases across the country.
Dr Gita Ramdharry, the neuromuscular lead at the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases, and Dr. Anna Mayhew, a consultant research physio at Newcastle University's John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre, voiced their concerns at an event organised by Muscular Dystrophy UK at the Houses of Parliament.
The event coincided with the publication of a report by the charity - titled 'Overstretched,' it argues that thousands of patients with muscle-wasting diseases cannot currently access valuable physiotherapy services which could alleviate their symptoms.
Both doctors advocated increasing physiotherapy capacity at UK neuromuscular centres and the allocation of further funding into physiotherapy research about the subject.
Dr Mayhew said: "There is considerable evidence from documents such as the Walton Report that highlights the shortage of hands-on physiotherapy for children and adults with neuromuscular diseases.
"The evidence for action is here, the time for action is now."
Echoing her colleague's sentiments, Dr. Ramdharry said: "It's time to recognise the barriers, see the benefits and support the many committed physiotherapists across the country united in wanting better lives for people with muscle-wasting conditions."
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