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Members' business: Bobath Scotland

Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson called on the Scottish government to look at the funding of Bobath therapy to ensure it was "accessible to everyone who needs it", during her member's debate on 6 December 2012.

Bobath therapy is made up of three disciplines, proportioned to suit each individual child with cerebral palsy.

The disciplines are physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.

Ms Ferguson stressed the importance of Bobath therapy for people with cerebral palsy, which affects one in every 500 births and impacts on people's ability to walk, move, talk, eat and play.

The Bobath centre in Port Dundas, Glasgow, is the only one of its kind in Scotland and provides multidisciplinary specialist therapy, thereby giving children the opportunity to grow and develop and make a huge difference to their lives and the lives of their families.

Ms Ferguson said Bobath therapy was available around Scotland but its take up was "patchy" across the country and not always funded by regional NHS boards.

She highlighted a decreasing trend in Bobath funding by NHS boards and backed the Precious Lives appeal , stressing no child had to be denied this therapy, and it should certainly not be denied due to an inabilty to pay.

The Labour MSP also praised the parents of a man called Dominic, who has cerebral palsy and benefited from Bobath therapy, and other parents who had helped bring Bobath therapy to Scotland.

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said "It is essential that anyone who has cerebral palsy or any other condition, that they get the appropriate therapeutic assessment and treatment which can best suit and meet their needs".

Mr Matheson continued "The approach in Scotland in going down to a single specialist centre doesn't always serve people in other parts of Scotland who have got a considerable distance to travel for that".

He said it was important that Bobath engaged with allied health professionals within individual territorial health boards to look at what skill set they needed in order to equip them to take Bobath forward for patients that may benefit from it.

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