On Monday 24 September 2012 at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Valerie spoke at the launch of the Epilepsy12 National Audit Report.
“This report is an excellent audit of the needs and services for children with epilepsy. There were many,very useful recommendations that outline specific steps that would be required to improve the quality of care. I support the recommendation proposed including that children must see a paediatrician with expertise in epilepsy and that an early initial and timely ongoing assessments should be required. This is a helpful report and monitoring of the reccomendations should be followed up in future.”
“I have raised the issue of epilepsy and related conditions in Parliament. There are 400 avoidable deaths from epilepsy each year a figure which caused concern. I introduced a 10 Minute Rule Bill and submitted questions to the Department of Health. At Prime Minister’s Questions I asked for a meeting wit the Prime Minister to discuss my Bill and he agreed. I will continue to raise the issue to ensure children obtain an teritary referral to a consultant and an assessment of their needs at the start of the school year.
The full report is available here.