As part of National Epilepsy Week (17-23 May), Mark McDonald MSP has pledged to support a Scotland that provides optimum care to control seizures and to increase the number of people who are seizure free.
The Epilepsy cross party group member will be participating in activities throughout Scottish Parliament which includes cover signing the published revised SIGN national guideline on managing epilepsy in adults. Along with fellow MSPs, Mark will be pictured holding up this gold standard guidance cover in a group photo, held by the Epilepsy Consortium Scotland (ECS), following First Minister’s Question Time.
“Studies show that while just over half of people with epilepsy have seizure control, seven in ten could become seizure free with optimum care. The revised SIGN guidance can play a vital part in addressing this treatment gap and improving services over the next decade.
“I want the very best health and social care for constituents affected by epilepsy so I will be discussing this matter with the local NHS board. National Epilepsy Week helps us highlight issues and raise awareness.”
Epilepsy Consortium Scotland chair Phil Robinson remarked: “We are grateful to MSPs and Ministers for drawing attention to epilepsy in so many different ways. We hope the latest SIGN guidelines they will be welcomed and implemented after their launch on 18 June 2015. Part of the Consortium’s work has been mapping epilepsy services in Scotland to see where the gaps are. Our findings are going to be a useful tool for agencies when they are planning future provision. We look forward to sharing information with MSPs this week at the ECS exhibition stand in the Garden Lobby.”
MSPs from across Scotland will this week have the chance to pledge their support to a World Health Organisation global resolution, being debated in the United Nations this week, for member states to develop national epilepsy action plans. Participating MSP’s and staff will also sample a free ECS epilepsy awareness taster session, and choose what they will vow to do for epilepsy in the next 12 months.
For more information on National Epilepsy Week visit: www.epilepsy.org.uk/campaigns/epilepsy-week