Don has added his support to a House of Commons motion calling on the Government to improve services for vulnerable patients with muscle disease.

A report published today by a group of leading neuromuscular physiotherapists, leading clinicians, in conjunction with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, reveals that patients with long term conditions in Bath are being denied ongoing physiotherapy by the NHS.

It is estimated that 1 in 1000 constituents in Bathare living with muscle disease.

The report, Focus on Physio, found that for many adults and children with neuromuscular conditions, physiotherapy is essential in maintaining the best possible quality of life, for as long as possible.

However, physiotherapy is often restricted to patients where an improvement can be demonstrably measured by physiotherapists. Patients with progressive neuromuscular conditions fail to meet these criteria and are often refused physio on the NHS. They are then forced to pay for these services privately or go without.

Following a Freedom of Information request and a survey of patients, Building on the Foundations: Focus on Physio, reveals:

* many patients with neuromuscular conditions do not receive continuous, specialist physiotherapy or any physiotherapy at all; Two out of three PCTs fail to provide ongoing physiotherapy for patients where required;

* one in five NHS Trusts and PCTs fail to provide financial support to physiotherapists to attend training courses in neuromuscular conditions despite the NHS's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD);