Paisley politician gives talk on the perils of MS

webMay 18 2013 by Jeff Holmes, Paisley Daily Express

A Paisley politician has spoken from the heart about a debilitating condition that affects thousands of Scots.

George Adam’s wife Stacey suffers from MS, and the MSP for Paisley gave a talk at the Scottish Parliament about the devastating effects of the illness.

And he was present to hear the MS Society call for an end to the postcode lottery, which the group says restricts the ability of some sufferers to access treatments and assistance.

The MS Society also showcased the results of their report – A Lottery Of Treatment And Care – during their Garden Lobby reception.

Michael Matheson, the minister for public health, also spoke at the event.

Paisley MSP Mr Adam told the Paisley Daily Express: “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, such as, what are the causes? How do you control it? How do we cure it?

“I would like to thank Michael Matheson, for detailing the Scottish Government’s plans to tackle MS head on and for attending all MS events.”

Christine Carlin, Director for MS Scotland said: “There are over 10,000 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 MSPs throughout the week and at our reception.

“On behalf of the society, I would like to thank both George Adam and Michael Matheson 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, and said: “Living with a fluctuating condition, such as 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, sufferers can live independent lives.

“Without it, you struggle with the symptoms of your condition and the physical and social barriers that stop you from living 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 showing their support.

“Working together we can make a difference for people like me who live with MS.”

The MS Society are calling on the Scottish Government to ensure that every person with MS living in Scotland has a personalised treatment, care and support plan, with two comprehensive reviews each year.