Milngavie MSP backs bid to end MS ‘postcode lottery’

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MILNGAVIE MSP Gil Paterson has vowed to help stop what the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society has blasted as a “lottery” on vital care in Scotland.

His pledge follows a report from the Society which is said to reveal that not all of Scotland’s 10,500 MS sufferers get the support and care they need.

Only around a third who are eligible are said to take approved MS treatments, just half the number in Northern Ireland; a third feel they don’t have enough information about medicines, and a quarter

say they can’t see a neurologist when they need to.

Mr Paterson attended an MS Society event designed to flag up its Stop the MS Lottery campaign and met MS sufferers to hear their stories first hand.

He said: “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”.

Sufferer Cat Johnson, who spoke at the event, was diagnosed with MS when she was 21 years old.

She 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.”

MS is caused by damage to myelin – the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system – which interferes with messages between the brain and the body.