John Shows Support for MS Society

John has pledged to help ensure that all people living with MS in Scotland have access to the right treatment, care and support, regardless of where they live.

This comes as the largest ever survey of people with MS showed that not everyone living with MS in Scotland was able to access the health and social care services, support and MS treatments they needed.

On Wednesday 1st May the Scottish Parliament held a Members’ Debate on MS Week; John used his time in the debate to highlight the work of the  NHS Highlands Multiple Sclerosis support nurse.

John, who is a director of the MS Therapy Centre in Inverness, told parliament of the invaluable work carried out by Anne Stewart, with patients and carers across the region.

Speaking during the debate, John said:

“She [Anne Stewart] sees patients in hospital and at home, and she provides advice and support for people with multiple sclerosis and their families, friends and healthcare professionals.” “Anne Stewart also liaises with local MS groups and the MS Therapy Centre in Inverness, which offers a range of treatments, including a hyperbaric chamber.”

Speaking after the debate Mr Finnie said:

“Whilst there is still a great deal to do in improving MS services especially in the North where instances of the condition are higher it is important to recognise the positive work that is being carried out.”

Following the debate the MS Society showcased the results from their report, A Lottery of Treatment and Care, during their Garden Lobby reception. John attended to show his support for the ‘Stop the MS Lottery’ campaign and to meet people living with the condition.

John said “I’m pleased to be able to show my support for this important campaign. 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”.

“Whilst there is still a great deal to do in improving MS services especially in the North where instances of the condition are higher it is important to recognise the positive work that is being carried out.”

John Finnie MSP- MS Society May 2013