There is no figure on how many people in the UK have a diagnosis of MS. This would be so easy to find.Central Government simply ask every PCT in the Realm how many cases they have on the books,a double check to ensure people aren’t on the list two or three times,and there it is .I reckon 200,00 is a fair estimate
It has never suited any Government to do this because there would be a huge hole in funding for MS Services and who wants to spend £ Billions filling that.It won’t be happening any time soon.It would never happen but all MS sufferers voting as a block could easily shift Governments
Due to t’Internet and better access to medical services more people are being diagnosed and there are less Limbo Landers. The Medics have always known that the diagnosis is life changing and have chosen not to diagnose when it suited them.Suicide on diagnosis is an issue and Debby Purdy makes her case very well but frightens the living sh1t out of some people.
Disabled people in general get out and about more than previously due to OTs,Social Workers,Societies like this one,Mobility money,cheap Scooters etc blah blah. Hence there are greater chances that there are more MS ers on the streets.
ps Whenever somebody has the strength of character to ask what is the matter, I always say Multiple Sclerosis and not MS to avoid any confusion as to what is what