A LOCAL man is pressing for specialist care for people with epilepsy.
Steven Rowe, who has lived with the condition for years, said provision is still very poor and that more needs to be done to help sufferers.
For many years, he has been lobbying for better treatment, but said that there has been no progress locally.
In 2002, he contacted the Solihull News and criticised the situation, and since then he’s been in touch with MPs and health services to try and change things.
Steven, from south Birmingham, said: “I don’t blame the hospitals, I blame the Government.
“They’re playing games with people’s lives.
“There needs to be a proper set-up, at the moment there’s not one in the West Midlands. People with epilepsy are often treated the same as people with mental illness and that can be very difficult.”
Figures from Epilepsy Action suggest that 456,000 suffer with the condition in the UK. Despite this, there are still many misconceptions surrounding the illness.
* For more information or advice about the condition, go to www.epilepsy.org.uk