Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

Multiple sclerosis sufferers in a ‘care lottery’

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers are facing a ‘care lottery’, a charity has warned.

Six in 10 MS patients eligible for disease-modifying treatments (DMTs) are not taking them, an MS Society report found.

More than 100,000 people in the UK are said to have MS — a disease of the central nervous system with a particularly high prevalence in Northern Ireland.

There is currently no cure but drugs can treat the symptoms.

The report, which features a poll of more than 10,000 sufferers, found patients in Northern Ireland are twice as likely to be taking DMTs than those in Wales.

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