Press Release

Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Neurological Information Day for Health Care Professionals

Dr. Jimmy Devins, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (Friday 14th September, 2007) addressed the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Neurological Information Day for Health Care Professionals, a collaborative venture between the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and the MS society, which was held in the Clarion Hotel, Sligo.

Speaking at the event Minister Devins acknowledged its significance saying “this information day has been an important forum in which to discuss challenges facing professionals in the area of neurology and the developments in neuro-rehabilitation. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all those people who work to provide a wide range of supports and services to people with MS and for those who work in the area of research. A substantial contribution is made by the voluntary sector in the provision of services. These services form a vital part of the overall scheme of health care delivery in this country.”

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common cause of chronic neurological disability in young adults. Although it often causes progressively worsening disability, life expectancy is not substantially shortened. The costs of MS are significant in clinical, social and economic terms, and reduction in quality of life is an important feature.

Minister Devins’s address