A toolkit has been produced by the NHS and seven charities to help local services improve care for people with Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson's.

This new NHS initiative aims to produce faster diagnosis for people with brain and nerve conditions. It is hoped it will avoid up to 2,500 emergency admissions to hospital each year, saving as much as £10m that can be reinvested into the NHS.

Rolling out fast-tracked blood tests and consultant appointments over Skype will be recommended by the toolkit.

Steve Ford, chief executive at Parkinson's UK, said: "For too long, services have neglected progressive neurological conditions. This is as dangerous as it is unjust, putting people at higher risk simply because of the kind of condition they have.

"We are urging all Clinical Commissioning Groups to work with charities and implement the new toolkit, so they can make the changes so desperately needed to reduce hospital admissions and unlock these vital cost savings."

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