Dr Richard Simpson MSP Signs Gold Standard Ticket for Epilepsy Care in Awareness Week

Dr Richard Simpson MSP was happy to show his support for new SIGN national guidelines on managing epilepsy in adults by signing a gold standard ticket on Wednesday 21st May. He took part in a Sign up to SIGN group photo in the Garden Lobby, held by the Epilepsy Consortium Scotland (ECS) to promote forthcoming revised guidelines covering 50,000 adults with epilepsy and to highlight National Epilepsy Week (18-24 May).

Dr Richard Simpson MSP said: “Over 500 of my constituents are adults who have epilepsy. I want the very best care to be available to them and their families whenever they need it. I will be discussing with the local NHS board how they can do their best to ensure the latest SIGN guidelines are implemented. It will be helpful if we can meet this new gold standard in epilepsy care when it is launched after recess.”

“I’m supporting National Epilepsy Week because this is a common, serious neurological condition which many of us still know little about. In fact, the sixth epilepsy debate took place in the Parliament last week. I signed my support for this Members Motion, put forward by Kenneth Gibson MSP, looking at tackling the stigma of epilepsy through education. National Epilepsy Week is a good time to do what I can to raise awareness seven further.”



Notes to editor

  1. Photo of Dr Richard Simpson MSP with the Gold Standard Ticket for Epilepsy Care in the Scottish Parliament attached.
  2. The Epilepsy Consortium Scotland (ECS) is an umbrella body aiming to bring issues concerning the 54,000 people living in the country with epilepsy to the attention of policy makers and the Scottish Government. It also offers an important channel for comprehensive feedback on what is happening in the field of epilepsy at a local and national level. ECS acts as a collective voice for the wider epilepsy community in Scotland. Current membership details at W:www.epilepsyconsortiumscotland.co.uk
  3. For more information please contact: Dr Richard Simpson MSP at Richard.simpson.msp@scottish.parliament.uk or on 0131 3486721 or Allana Parker, Epilepsy Consortium Scotland Chair on: 0141 419 1701 or 07884 012 147.

Graham’s Dairy

Motion S4M-10056: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/05/2014
Graham’s Dairy

That the Parliament notes that the Stirlingshire dairy firm, Graham’s, has recorded a 20% increase in turnover in the year ending March 2014; recognises that the firm currently employs 420 people and that its farm base now supports around 80 Scottish dairy farmers; understands that the dairy plans to expand and develop more product lines in cottage cheese and yoghurts due to further investment, which will be complemented by £20 million in new funding support from the RBS; believes that this will enable Graham’s to grow the home market, boost expansion plans and grow business south of the border; welcomes the fact that the firm boosts local employment in the Stirling area, and wishes every success in the future expansion of the company.

Concerns Over New Pharmacy Licences

Motion S4M-10054: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/05/2014
Concerns Over New Pharmacy Licences

That the Parliament notes that three new community pharmacy licences have been approved in the NHS Forth Valley area, in Killin, Drymen and also Aberfoyle, where an appeal is pending; understands that, of the two GPs in Drymen, one has already left and the remaining GP has given notice to resign on 31 July 2014, three days before the new pharmacy opens; welcomes the second review of pharmacy licensing by the Scottish Government since 2009, however regrets that the concerns expressed in the NHS Pharmaceutical Care of Patients in the Community review by Dr Hamish Watson and Professor Nicholas Barber, and their suggestion of a moratorium that has been backed, it understands, by both the local Stirling SNP MSP and Labour MP as well as a Labour regional MSP, have been ignored, and invites the Scottish Government, as part of the current review, to reconsider introducing a moratorium through subordinate legislation and undertake an audit of the effect on GP practices and services following the granting of new licences.