The SNP Scottish Government has delivered on its pledge to double the number of Motor Neurone Disease clinical specialist nurses the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell, has confirmed.

Progress was detailed in answer to a written question from SNP MSP Christina McKelvie – which also set out the Scottish Government’s commitment to medical research aimed at better understanding neurodegenerative diseases such as MND.

The Scottish Government is currently involved in co-funding a clinical academic fellowship with the charities MND Scotland and the MND Association. This work will in improve our knowledge of how to best diagnose patients and predict survival rates. In turn, the information will be helpful in providing the best clinical care. Funding has also been committed to three PhD studentships concentrating upon MND.

Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, said:

“I am delighted to hear that the Scottish Government is making great progress in helping those affected by motor neurone disease - the increase in the number of MND clinical specialist nurses from 5.6 WTE to 12.9 WTE is very welcome news and something that will help improve care for those suffering from the neurodegenerative disease.

“It is also positive to see continuing investment in research aimed at better understanding the disease. This will go a long way to ensuring more effective treatments and faster diagnoses. Continuing to fund research is vital, and working with specialist organisations like MND Scotland and the MND Association will undoubtedly help this work.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing the academic fellowship and studentships develop and to learn of the ideas that come from the Scottish Government-funded research aimed at helping those suffering from MND, and to help us find a cure in the future.”

 

Full text of the written question and answer are available here: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Advance&ReferenceNumbers=S5W-00946&ResultsPerPage=10