George Adam MSP praises support for terminally ill people

George Adam MSP heard about the care available for Paisley residents living with a terminal illness and their families, praising the support provided by Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity.


At the meeting with Marie Curie staff on 28 July 2016 Mr Adam discussed his personal support for the charity’s Renfrewshire Fundraising Group and will be completing the group’s annual firewalk again on 30 September. The group fundraises to support local Marie Curie Nurses who work night and day providing hands-on care and vital emotional support enabling families to be cared for and to die at home, where that is their choice and appropriate for them.


In 2015/16 in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde 812 patients were supported in 6,756 visits. Across Scotland in 2015/16 the charity provided care and support for more than 8,000 people living with a terminal illness through its hospices in Glasgow and Edinburgh and Nursing Service.

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George Adam MSP said:
“ I enjoyed meeting some of the staff from Marie Curie last week at my constituency office.
“ I myself have experienced the effects of a loved one suffering from cancer, unfortunately my mother’s condition deteriorated very quickly and my family were not able to reach out for help from Marie Curie.
“ There are many of my constituents who have had or have been affected by cancer and it is great that we have an organisation in place that stands by them throughout their tough times, I appreciate the hard work done by Marie Curie and I’m happy to support this great organisation.
“Everyone has different charities close to their heart for various reasons and I would encourage more people to offer their support towards these organisations in any way they can.


Susan Lowes, Marie Curie Policy & Public Affairs Manager Scotland said: “Mr Adam is very supportive of our local volunteers and we were delighted to share examples with him of the difference that their fundraising helps provide to his constituents. With his work on social security he was also interested to hear our views on funeral poverty and the importance of fast tracked benefits and carers allowance for people living with a terminal illness and their families and carers.”
If you or someone you know is living with a terminal illness and looking for support call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309. If you would like care and support from a Marie Curie Nurse contact your district nurse or GP.


Marie Curie – care and support through terminal illness – Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.
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George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

MSP Encourages Constituents To Take Bowel Screening Tests This Month

Paisley’s MSP has called on his constituents to take the potentially life-saving bowel screening test this month – part of a nationwide drive to encourage people to return their test as soon as they receive it.


The Scottish Government drive comes as latest figures have shown that, on average, 43,500 bowel screening tests have been returned in August, but some people are still delaying doing their test as this is 8,500 fewer than the average for October.

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH


All adults aged 50-74 are invited to take part in bowel screening every two years in Scotland. The test remains the best way of finding bowel cancer early, when survival is 14 times more likely. The number of participants between November 2013 and October 2015 was over one million.


Commenting, George said:


“The bowel screening test is the best way to catch bowel cancer early. I urge all constituents who have been sent a test to do it as soon as they receive it – with it being 14 times more likely to survive bowel cancer when it is caught early.


“Over a million people completed the test between November 2013 and October 2015, which is an uptake of 57.5%. Whilst this is positive, the Scottish Government will always work to try and secure greater and earlier uptake, to ensure we find even more cancers as early as possible.


“Returning the test early really could be a lifesaver.”