Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on Post Polio Syndrome, House of Lords 20 Oct 2015
“My Lords, as many as 120,000 people are affected by Post Polio Syndrome a debilitating condition with individuals suffering from weakness, pain and fatigue many years after Polio had been diagnosed. Yet it is largely unrecognised in the NHS, few specialist consultants are available and we lag behind many European countries in providing good orthotics services to people with PPS.
My Lords, this cries out for a national strategy and care pathway. Will he agree to one?”
Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) is a neurological condition which can occur in up to 80% of those who have had Polio. It is estimated that around 120,000 people in the UK are living with PPS today. After an interval of several years of stability, individuals can develop increasing weakness, fatigue and pain in previously affected or unaffected muscles, a general reduction in stamina, breathing, sleeping and/or swallowing problems and cold intolerance.
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