McMillan Supports Epilepsy Awareness Week

 DSC03904Stuart McMillan MSP SNP has added his support to promoting National Epilepsy Week (17-23 May).

This National Epilepsy Week Seize Control the charity are continuing their work in empowering people to Seize Control of their epilepsy, demand better care and access to relevant treatments. They are also asking health professionals about any barriers they face when trying to optimise treatment for patients

MSPs have the chance to pledge support to a World Health Organisation global resolution, being debated in the United Nations this week, for member states to develop national epilepsy action plans.

Mr McMillan 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.

“We look forward to sharing information with MSPs this week at the ECS exhibition stand in the Garden Lobby.”

The Epilepsy Consortium Scotland (ECS) is an umbrella body aiming to bring issues concerning an estimated 54,000 people living in the country with epilepsy to the attention of policy makers and the Scottish Government. It also offers an important channel for comprehensive feedback on what is happening in the field of epilepsy at a local and national level. ECS acts as a collective voice for the wider epilepsy community in Scotland.

Current membership details at W:www.epilepsyconsortiumscotland.co.uk

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