Dr Richard Simpson MSP has signed the Epilepsy Consortium Scotland’s pledge for equal access to care. He joins 24 fellow party colleagues who support a fair provision of services, including current leader Johann Lamont and her shadow cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing Neil Findlay. All 24 MSPs are keen to help the 54,000 people living with epilepsy across Scotland.
Dr Simpson said: “Nearly 700 of my constituents have or will develop epilepsy. I think it is important to ensure that when people need to access epilepsy care there is parity in what’s available to them no matter where they live.”
Epilepsy Consortium Scotland (ECS) Chair Allana Parker was pleased that many MSPs and MPs, including Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, took time to find out more about patchy services in parts of Scotland.
She commented: “Each day eight people are newly diagnosed with epilepsy. Yet access to specialist clinicians and nurses can be a geographical lottery. This is why our members are now mapping epilepsy services run by health, education, social care providers, and the third sector. The postcode gaps will be shared with the Scottish Government and joint working agencies so we can assist them to redress this situation.”
Notes to editor
1. The Epilepsy Consortium Scotland (ECS) is a collaboration of organisations and individuals in Scotland coming together to highlight epilepsy issues. It has been developed to inform the Scottish Government and other policy makers about areas of concern around health, social care and related public policy matters. ECS acts as a collective voice for the wider epilepsy community in Scotland. Current membership details at W: www.epilepsyconsortiumscotland.co.uk
2. Photos of ECS exhibition representatives with MSPs include Katherine Harvie (Epilepsy Connections), Allana Parker (Epilepsy Scotland) and Phil Robinson (Lanarkshire Epilepsy Support Group). For more details contact: Allana Parker, Chair: 0141 419 1701, M: 07884 012 147, E:firstname.lastname@example.org