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Glasgow Epilepsy Genetics Service debate

SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson said Scotland had a "pivotal role as a world leader" in the important area of epilepsy research, on 24 May 2012.

Mr Gibson was using his member's debate to highlight the work undertaken by the Glasgow Epilepsy Genetics Service (GEGS), which has used testing across six genes to give 2,500 patients definitive diagnosis of their condition.

He said epilepsy was the most common neurological condition with tens of thousands of Scots affected by it and and that the genetic testing offered by GEGS was "life changing".

However he said there were only 17 epilepsy nurse specialists and that the lack of neurological nurses had been raised many times.

Labour MSP Dr Richard Simpson said early diagnosis could lead to more targeted therapy.

Conservative MSP Nanette Milne said GEGS was "at the cutting edge" of epilepsy diagnosis.

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said Mr Gibson had made "a very clear case around the progress bring made around genetic testing".

Mr Matheson said the Scottish government had set out very clearly the important role that specialist nurses had.

He ended by saying that the GEGS was a service that "Scotland can rightly be proud of".

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