From Meaction Scotland.
On Thursday 19th December, 2019 the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee met to continue its consideration of #MEAction Scotland’s petition, PE1690, which calls for a review of treatment of people with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) in Scotland. Appearing before the committee to give evidence were Jeane Freeman, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland and Anita Stewart, a senior civil servant and team leader on Scottish Government clinical priorities. A transcript of the meeting is available here and a video is available here.
Ms Freeman reiterated the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensuring that everyone living with a neurological condition, including ME, in Scotland has access to the best possible care and support and benefits from healthcare services that are safe, effective and person-centred. She then proceeded to highlight developments, relevant to the aims of #MEAction Scotland’s petition, which had taken place since the previous committee evidence session. These included the launch of Scotland’s first framework for action on neurological care and support. Despite not being condition specific, Ms Freeman did repeat several times the Scottish Government’s recognition of ME as a neurological condition. This framework has the following 5 aims:
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