Christina McKelvie MSP has been promoting National Epilepsy Week (17-23 May) at the Scottish Parliament. Along with fellow MSPs, she has signed up to national guidelines on managing adult epilepsy.
Christina pledged support to a World Health Organisation global resolution being debated in the United Nations this week, encouraging member states to develop national epilepsy action plans.
Christina said: “Studies show that while just over half of people with epilepsy have seizure control, seven in ten could become seizure free with optimum care. The revised SIGN guidance can play a vital part in addressing this treatment gap and improving services over the next decade. I want the very best health and social care for constituents affected by epilepsy so I will be discussing this matter with the local NHS board. National Epilepsy Week helps us highlight issues and raise awareness. ”
Epilepsy Consortium Scotland chair Phil Robinson remarked: “We are grateful to MSPs and Ministers for drawing attention to epilepsy in so many different ways. We hope the latest SIGN guidelines they will be welcomed and implemented after their launch on 18 June 2015. Part of the Consortium’s work has been mapping epilepsy services in Scotland to see where the gaps are. Our findings are going to be a useful tool for agencies when they are planning future provision.”