Paisley’s MSP George Adam is leading a series of events this week to help ensure that all people living with MS in Scotland have better access to treatments, regardless of where they live.
This comes as the MS Society revealed that people with MS often face significant barriers in accessing licensed treatments, the information to decide what is right for them and the specialists who can help.
This MS Week (28 April – 4 May) the MS Society launched its new campaign Treat Me Right. The charity’s campaign calls on decision-makers and the MS community to tackle the barriers in the way of people getting the right treatment at the right time.
George, who is the Convener of the Cross Party Group on MS is championing the campaign and leading the awareness-raising in the Scottish Parliament all this week.
On Wednesday George will host a high-profile reception in Holyrood to showcase the campaign and on Thursday lead MSPs in a debate on the topic of access to MS medicines and the challenges faced by people living with the condition in Scotland.
George said, “I’m pleased to be able to show my support for this important campaign and to encourage MSPs from across the political spectrum to work together in improving services for people affected by MS. With the progress made in MS research over the years it is unacceptable that licensed treatments that could help people with the condition should be out of reach. As many people will know, I have first-hand experience of MS due to my wife Stacey being diagnosed with the condition when she was 16. I am all too familiar with how this condition can affect people and their families and we must strive to do all we can to ensure everyone with this condition gets the right treatment at the right time. ”
Stewart Long, Interim Director for the MS Society in Scotland said, “There are over 11,000 people living with MS in Scotland and it is essential they people living with the condition can access the right treatments, services and support. Unfortunately, many people are in the dark about or unable to access medicines that could potentially help manage their condition. This needs to change. We have been delighted by the support we have received from MSPs for our Treat Me Right campaign and thank George Adam MSP in particular for his leadership and commitment. By working together we can make that change happen”.