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MSP joins campaign to ensure access to MS care

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:49 GMT on Tuesday, 7th May, 2013.
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Image © Andrew Cowan/ Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.
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SNP MSP for Central Scotland, Clare Adamson has pledged to help ensure that all people living with MS in Scotland have access to the right treatment, care and support, regardless of where they live.

The MSP’s pledge follows a debate in the Scottish Parliament on 1st May and comes as the largest ever survey of people with MS remarked that good progress has been made, in Scotland, and other parts of the UK. However, the survey also demonstrated that, in some areas further work and improvements are required.

Previous to the Parliamentary debate, the MS Society showcased the results from their report, ‘A Lottery of Treatment and Care’, during a Scottish Parliament Garden Lobby reception. 

Clare Adamson MSP attended the reception to show her support for the ‘Stop the MS Lottery’ campaign and to meet people living with the condition. The MSP spoke of her delight at being able to participate in the debate and hailed the “great work” that the MS Society was done.
Commenting, Ms Adamson said: “I was delighted to be able to participate in the Parliamentary debate last night and took the opportunity to highlight some of the great work that the MS Society has done. It has produced the wonderful “My MS, My Needs” report, which gives us a picture of what is happening around the country and gives us cause for concern and food for thought. The survey would not have been possible without the ground-breaking work in setting up a database of those who have been diagnosed with MS. I’m pleased to be able to show my support for this important campaign. MS affects many of my constituents and everyone should be able to get the treatment, services and support they need. I will continue to work with my constituents, fellow MSPs and organisations to drive this campaign forward”.

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Christine Carlin, MS Society Director for Scotland said: “There are over 10,500 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 MS Week and at our reception. By working together we can stop the MS Lottery.”

Stop the MS Lottery - Launching its ‘Stop the MS Lottery’ campaign this week, the MS Society has asked the Scottish Government to ensure improved and equitable access to treatment, care and support by people living with MS. For more details about the Campaign visit
Cat Johnson, who spoke at the event, was diagnosed with MS when she was 21 years old. She described how a sufferer will “never really know” how they’ll feel each day.

Ms Johnson said: “Living with a fluctuating condition like 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, people with MS can live independent lives. Without it, you’re struggling with the symptoms of your condition and the physical and social barriers that stop you from living your life to the full. I was overwhelmed to see so many MSPs there showing their support. Working together we can make a difference people like me who live with MS.”

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