Within Scotland there remains a ‘postcode lottery’ for people with MS in accessing treatments, health and social care services and employment support to name but a few. There are also many areas where Scotland lags behind the rest of the UK.
On Wednesday 1st May the MS Society, with support from George Adam MSP, showcased the results from their report, “A lottery of treatment and care” during their Garden Lobby reception. Michael Matheson MSP, Minister for Public Health, also spoke at the event.
George Adam MSP said, ‘It was a privilege to hold a members debate at parliament during MS Week and to host a reception for the MS Society to showcase their report to MSPs. Many people will already know that my wife Stacey has the condition so I have an in depth knowledge of how MS can affect families.
There is so much to find out about MS; What are the causes? How do you control it? How do we cure it? I would like to thank the Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson, for detailing the Scottish Government’s plans to tackle MS head on and for attending all the MS events this week.’
Christine Carlin, Director for Scotland said, “There are over 10 500 people living with MS in Scotland and it is essential that these people can access the right treatments, services and support in order to manage their condition. We have been delighted by the support we have received from MSP’s throughout the week and at our reception. On behalf of the Society I would like to thank George Adam MSP and Michael Matheson MSP for their commitment and support. By working together we can stop the MS Lottery.”
Cat Johnson, who spoke at the event, was diagnosed with MS when she was 21 years old, “living with a fluctuating condition like MS means that you never really know how you’re going to feel from day to day. It is absolutely essential that we can access the right treatments, services and support when we need them. When all this is in place, people with MS can live independent lives. Without it, you’re struggling with the symptoms of your condition and the physical and social barriers that stop you from living your life to the full. I jumped at the chance to speak at the MS Society’s MS week reception, and was overwhelmed to see so many MSPs there showing their support. Working together we can make a difference people like me who live with MS “