Multiple Sclerosis: Research

Health written question – answered on 25th November 2010.

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Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes Conservative, Romsey and Southampton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has assessed the effectiveness of the Zamboni treatment for alleviating the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave Mark Tami on 23 November 2010, Hansard, columns 253-55W.

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David Leven
Posted on 3 Mar 2011 11:11 pm (Report this annotation)

We are currently at an impasse with regards to the timing of the introduction of CCSVI testing and treatment. The neurologists and MS Society have little choice but to advocate against treatment availability so as to escape a potential major loss and it clearly is in the MS patients’ best interests to introduce treatment as soon as possible given their potential major gain. Furthermore, the neurologists/MS Society’s claim that their position is based on their concern for the patients’ welfare rather than their own is simply not tenable as this analysis clearly demonstrates. This issue must be decided in favour of what is best for the MS patients rather than what is best for the neurologists and the MS Society. I therefore advocate for the introduction of CCSVI testing and treatment as soon as possible and am sending this letter in an official capacity so that there is no mistake in the future that the Minister of State for Care Services was aware that despite overwhelming evidence from published studies from Buffalo, Kuwait, Jordan, Hungary and Poland, that show a correlation of venous stenosis and MS, the Department of Health is still denying MS patients testing and treatment of CCSVI on the NHS.