People with MS in Scotland are facing a postcode lottery when it comes to gaining access to treatments, MSPs have been told.
A series of awareness-raising events was held at the Scottish Parliament last week, MS Week, to highlight the problems and to launch the MS Society’s new campaign, ‘Treat Me Right’. The initiative is a rallying call for the MS community and decision-makers to tackle these barriers to ensure that the right treatment is delivered at the right time.
The MS Society says poor access to specialists as well as a shortage of information and budget constraints mean Scotland is trailing some other parts of the UK in the condition’s treatment.
The charity has received backing from local MSP Graeme Dey, who has pledged to help ensure that all people living with MS have better access to licensed treatments, the information to decide what is right for them and the specalists who can help.
Mr Dey said, “I’m pleased to lend my support for this important campaign. MS affects many of my constituents and it is unacceptable that licensed treatments that could help people with the condition should be out of reach.
“I will continue to work with my constituents, fellow MSPs and organisations to drive this campaign forward.”
Stewart Long, interim director for the MS Society in Scotland, said that there are more than 11,000 people nationwide living with MS.
He added: “It is essential they people living with the condition can access the right treatments, services and support.
“Unfortunately, many people are in the dark about or unable to access medicines that could potentially help manage their condition. This needs to change.
“We have been delighted by the support we have received from MSPs for our campaign. By working together we can make that change happen”.