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Action for M.E. informs Scot parliament debate on M.E.

May 09, 2017

Action for M.E. has provided briefings for parliamentarians taking part in a debate in the Scottish parliament this week, following a motion from Gail Ross MSP for the Parliament to acknowledge International M.E. Awareness Day. Ross additionally calls for the Parliament to recognise the experiences of people with M.E., including debilitating symptoms of cognitive impairment and muscle and joint pain.

The debate is scheduled to take place at 12.45pm on Thursday 11 May, and you can watch live on BBC Scotland’s Holyrood Live channel.

Briefings provided by Action for M.E. detail on the prevalence of M.E. in Scotland, the impact of symptoms, and the issues people with M.E. face in accessing appropriate healthcare.

Aiming to address this, our Inform M.E. Scotland project, funded by the Scottish Government, will bring together health and social care professionals with the aim of improving care and support services for people with M.E.

“We want to provide professionals from across the health and social care sector with a better understanding of what living with M.E. is like, and create a space for shared learning and thinking about actions that can bring about meaningful change for people with M.E.,” says Theresa Burns, our Project Co-ordinator Scotland, speaking about the project in an article published online by newspapers across Scotland yesterday.

Health Minister Shona Robison says, “The Scottish Government is working to ensure that people living with M.E. get the best possible care and support and services. As part of this we’ve been working closely with Action for M.E. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide funding for this important project and I look forward to seeing some positive outcomes for people with M.E.”

Theresa is planning to attend the debate on Thursday, and will also be at the Millions Missing at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Friday. Millions Missing is a global day of action to raise awareness of M.E., and call for better services and funding. As well as Edinburgh, other UK events are planned in London, Birmingham, Newry and the Isle of Man.