• Roscommon woman waiting 15 years to see a neurologist

    A Roscommon woman who’s living with Huntington’s Disease is waiting for the past 15 years to see a neurologist.

    An audit of neurology services shows Ireland has less than half the recommended number of neurologists, less than half the number of recommended MS nurses and less than a third of the recommended number of specialist nurses for Parkinson’s disease.

    To mark National Brain Awareness Week, the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and its member organisations have launched the “Invest in Neurology” campaign, calling on Government to tackle these unacceptable staffing shortages and invest in neurology centres nationwide, as well as improving access to critical tests such as MRI.

    Caroline Glynn from Curraghboy in Co Roscommon is a mother of three children.

    Huntington’s Disease has been in her family for generations, and she took a test in 2001 and found out that she also carries the HD gene and is at high risk of developing the disease.

    On our lunchtime news today, Caroline will explain what HD is, and the kind of delays she’s facing in accessing neurology services….