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A drug that slows the affects of multiple sclerosis (MS) has been recommended for treatment on the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has published draft guidance which recommends ocrelizumab for treating relapsing-remitting MS in adults. There are around 100,000 people with MS in the UK,…
The new Armed Forces' rehabilitation centre could soon provide on-site NHS services offering world-leading care for civilians. The £300 million Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC), which was created thanks to the vision of the 6th Duke of Westminster, was formally gifted to the nation by his son at a…
An "extraordinary and bright" teenager who suffered a devastating brain injury at birth is in line for multimillion pound damages from the NHS. Becky Tyler, from Crawley in West Sussex, was born starved of oxygen at East Surrey Hospital in 2002. Her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck and…
A Northern Ireland woman who suffers from MS says the change of a key benefit has left her exhausted and fearful for the future. Melissa Leavy, 18, from Downpatrick, spoke out as the MS Society released new research which finds the change from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence…
A "senseless" benefits test is costing the NHS almost £8 million a year as a result of extra GP appointments or attendance at A&E, a charity has claimed. The MS Society, which supports people with multiple sclerosis, hit out at a rule which can stop people able to walk more…
Around 1,000 welfare claimants will be given more money after the Government dropped a legal challenge. An appeal against a decision that regulations were wrongly interpreted in a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) case has been withdrawn, Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey announced. The wrangle over enhanced payments for the…
Lawyers for two severely disabled men who won a High Court declaration that they had been unlawfully discriminated against have called on the Government to halt the roll-out of the controversial Universal Credit benefits scheme. Although a judge in London rejected a challenge against the legality of regulations setting up…
Almost a third of disabled people in Britain said they feel there is prejudice towards them, a study has found. Around 32% of disabled people feel there is a lot of disability prejudice, compared to 22% of the general public, according to the survey. The report also showed: 41% of…
In what is believed to be one of the largest "product liability" group actions in the UK, a group of 312 claimants brought High Court proceedings against manufacturer DePuy over allegations relating to the failure of metal-on-metal implants. The four-month hearing - which centred on Pinnacle Ultamet implants - concerned…
Ministers have again come under fire over an "unfit" policy on disability benefits - as an MP revealed how identical twins, suffering with the same condition, had been given differing judgments by assessors. The twins, who both had the same genetic condition, went for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments at…
MPs have attacked the "totally unacceptable" £1.7 million pay of the boss of a business that supplies cars to people with disabilities. Earnings and the £2.4 billion cash reserves being "hoarded" by Motability Operations are "totally out of whack" with the reality of its position in the market, two powerful…
New timetable arrangements coming into force on the railways this weekend are a "disgusting insult" to disabled passengers, a union has said. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said the latest instruction from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) tells staff not to attempt to place people of reduced mobility on…
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