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Member's business: National MS Week

SNP MSP George Adam led a member's debate highlighting the importance of National MS Week which takes place from 30 April to 6 May.

Mr Adam noted there are 10,500 people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in Scotland, one of the highest rates in the world, with two new cases diagnosed every 24 hours, during his member's debate on 2 May 2012.

Despite this, one in three people cannot name a single symptom of MS.

The Paisley MSP stated that he had been unaware of what multiple sclerosis was until his wife Stacey was diagnosed with the condition saying "there are people behind the condition and disease itself and we have to remember that".

Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon drew attention to the link between vitamin D deficiency and MS with increasing instances of the condition further north in Scotland.

The Highlands MSP called for "a peer review of all the research and the emerging evidence that supports the link or otherwise".

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson told MSPs the Scottish government is committed to working to "ensure care is safe, effective and person-centred".

Mr Matheson said a key priority for care is the effective implementation of clinical standards and noted two of these.

First, Health Care Improvement Scotland have been conducting a review between health boards.

Work should be completed and published by the summer.

Second, a full review will be undertaken of MS and vitamin D.

A draft report and recommendations are expected in 2014.

The public health minister hoped the move to self-directed support, in the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill , would benefit those living with MS.

Mr Matheson said that at the moment, care "too often is organised for the purpose of the system rather than the individual".


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