03 October 2016
East Londonderry DUP MLA George Robinson has today proposed a debate on epilepsy service provision in Northern Ireland at the Assembly.
He said, “The thrust of this debate is to highlight the great need there is to ensure a patient centred, value for money service for people living with epilepsy in Northern Ireland. There is a desperate need to establish a database, as currently it is impossible to establish exact information regarding numbers of people in each Trust area, how well controlled their epilepsy is and the number of hospital admissions.
These issues need addressed and a database can ensure services can be targeted in the right areas to benefit the most people. People with epilepsy can live good quality lives and play a full part in society, but the need to be well medically managed is an essential. That was the driving force behind todays debate. I want to see as many people with epilepsy fulfilling their potential which benefits those who have epilepsy and society as a whole.
People do die on very rare occasions as a result of poorly controlled epilepsy so today’s debate will hopefully be the start of a new era for people with epilepsy and I look forward to a positive response from the Minister on this issue.” concluded Mr Robinson.