Multiple Sclerosis

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd July 2020.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people affected by secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the diagnosis of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 20 July 2020

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence estimates that secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) affects around 9,000 people in England. Secondary progressive MS is a stage which comes after relapsing remitting MS for many people with the condition. After a diagnosis of relapsing remitting MS has been established, clinicians will observe the patient's symptoms over a period of time, in order to determine if they are associated with secondary progressive MS. With this type of MS, a person’s disability gets steadily worse and they are less likely to have relapses (when symptoms get worse but then get better).

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