By Susan Cole in #MEAcion.
ME history was made this week in the historic capital of Scotland when delegates at the Scottish Liberal Democrats autumn conference voted to support conference motion SC5: Investing in ME – Recognition, Research, and Education. So it’s official, the motion, drawn up in consultation with #MEAction Scotland, is now party policy. It is a hugely encouraging result and one that will hopefully pave the way for other political parties in Scotland and the UK to follow.
#MEAction Scotland had a stand at the event, and our team of volunteers worked hard throughout the day to provide information and educate MSPs and voting party members.
The motion, moved by party member Emma Walker and summated by Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP, called for NHS Scotland to:
- Remove Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from the Scottish Good Practice Statement (SGPS) and for their abolition as treatments for ME from all healthcare services across Scotland;
- For investment from the Scottish Chief Scientist Office in a biomedical research programme directly in proportion to the burden of disease;
- For the Scottish Government to invest in a centre of excellence (focusing on research and care), and;
- For the Scottish Government to review NHS Education Scotland’s approach to training and educational material before committing to a programme of GP training and education in ME across the country.
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