The meeting was the launch of Scotland’s first Cross Party Group on MS, a grouping of MSPs, the MS Society, voluntary organisations and others who are committed to tackling the issues that affect the 10,000 people in Scotland living with the neurological condition.
George Adam MSP who has been a long-term advocate for people with MS and who Chairs the Group in the Scottish Parliament said: “I am delighted to be involved in this initiative and to see it come together this week. MS is a condition that affects more than 10,000 people in Scotland, with the impact felt across every community and constituency. My family is just one of the many affected by MS, after my wife Stacey was diagnosed with the condition. The Cross Party Group is a means of working together with a common purpose to influence change and improve standards of care. I’m pleased to be part of this dedicated group within the Scottish Parliament and look forward to seeing where it takes us.”
Rebecca Duff, Head of Policy and Communications at the MS Society in Scotland added: “The MS Society looks forward to working with George Adam MSP to make a positive difference to the 10,000 people with MS in Scotland and their families. MS is a common but very unpredictable condition that mainly affects people in their 20s and 30s, often bringing with it significant physical, emotional and financial consequences. The Cross Party Group is an important vehicle for helping ensure that people affected by MS can access the services and support that they need when they need it. The support shown for the Group has given us a fantastic start and we look forward to making an impact together over the coming months.”
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Notes to Editors:
- The MS Society is the leading UK charity for people with MS (www.mssociety.org.uk)
- We’re funding research and fighting for better treatment and care to help people with MS take back control. We’ve already made important breakthroughs, and we’re now at the start of a generation of MS research that holds incredible promise
- More than 100,000 people live with multiple sclerosis in the UK and over 10,000 live with MS in Scotland.
- Most people are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s
- MS affects almost three times as many women as men
- MS can get steadily worse, or remain unpredictable throughout your life – one day you can be fine, the next you might lose your sight or be unable to move
- We have a freephone helpline – 0808 800 8000