Hundreds of people across Sheffield have been struggling over the past few months as there is a shortage of ADHD medication across the country.
Louise Haigh MP for Sheffield Heeley has been contacted by residents who are concerned for their loved ones as they have not been able to access their medication or access the prescribed dosage for medication since September 2023. This is having a devastating effect on those living with ADHD and their families.
One resident recently contacted Louise concerned for her son’s health. She said that he was struggling to get out of bed in the morning and this was starting to have a detrimental effect on his job – she was concerned that he was going to lose it.
In order to try and get him the medication he needs to help him function, she resorted to driving all around Sheffield, to pharmacists to see if they had any medication.
Another resident said that if the shortage continued until April this year, as has been suggested by the manufacturer of the medication, then this would have a detrimental affect on her child’s education, who is due to sit her GCSE exams this summer.
Louise Haigh MP for Sheffield Heeley, said:
“It’s absolutely shocking to see that so many people across Sheffield Heeley and the country are being impacted by the shortage of this much needed medication. And there seems to be little or no action on the Government’s part to address this shortage.
“I have written to the Secretary of State for Health, Victoria Atkins to see what steps she and her government are taking to address this fiasco, ensure that plans are put in place for those who are forced to go without medication and to ensure that this does not happen again.
“This cannot be put down to an administrative error, this is a result of 13 years of under investment in the NHS by Tory governments and their lack of care for patient safety.
“I will continue to press the relevant authorities to ensure that this supply is restored as soon as possible and that all those who need it receive the care and treatment they need and deserve.”