Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has pledged to help ensure that all people living with MS in Scotland have access to the right treatment, care and support, regardless of where they live. This comes as the largest ever survey of people with MS showed that good progress has been made in Scotland and other parts of the UK, as well as illustrating areas in which further work and improvements are required. The MS Society showcased the results from their report at a reception in the Scottish Parliament this week attended by Linda to show her support for the ‘Stop the MS Lottery’ campaign and to meet people living with the condition.
“I was delighted to attend the event by The MS Society following a Parliamentary debate held by my colleague George Adam MSP. It was a great opportunity to highlight some of the great work that the MS Society has done, such as producing the “My MS, My Needs” report, giving us a picture of what is happening around the country.
“The MS Society report highlights that over half of people in Scotland (53%) are offered a place on a self-management course compared with 28% across the UK and refers to the self-management fund as ‘as an example of best practice for the rest of the UK’ but we can of course still do more.
“I’m pleased to be able to show my support for this important campaign and I know the SNP Government is committed to ensuring that everyone with MS is able to access the care and support that they need. Since 2010/11 the SNP Government has provided NHS boards with £1.2 million to develop local neurological improvement networks, take forward clinical standards and establish the National Neurological Advisory Group.”
The Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson MSP said of the MS Society’s recent report:
“I welcome the report that the MS Society published this week. It is balanced and it reflects on the areas in which good progress has been made in Scotland and other parts of the UK, as well as illustrating areas in which further work and improvements are required. I share the MS Society’s aims that everyone who has MS should be able to access the care and support that they need, and we clearly need to do more, especially given the high levels of MS in Scotland.”
“MS affects many people in East Kilbride and I will continue to work with my constituents, fellow MSPs and organisations to ensure everyone with MS gets the treatment, services and support they need.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Stop the MS Lottery – Launching its ‘Stop the MS Lottery’ campaign this week, the MS Society has asked the Scottish Government to ensure improved and equitable access to treatment, care and support by people living with MS. For more details about the Campaign visit www.mssociety.org.uk